The last time we wrote about the latest official ticket sales figures for people visiting Ark Encounter — the creationist tourist attraction built by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia — was Ticket Sales for Hambo’s Ark — January 2019.
As you know, Hambo has to pay a safety tax of $.50 (fifty cents) to the City of Williamstown for each ticket sold, and the results are available through the Kentucky Open Records Act (KORA). We’ve been getting that information from our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass.”
Some of you have been wondering: Why haven’t we had the results from February yet? Well, Blue Grass did give us that information, but for some reason we thought we’d wait and combine it with the next month’s figures, and now we can do that. We’ll start with February.
The Monthly Safety Assessment Report filed by Hambo for February, 2019 reveals that Hambo’s Ark Encounter sold 16,328 tickets that month, and the fee due to the city was $8,164.00. For February of the year before, the number of tickets sold was 17,961, and the fee paid was $8,980.50. So this February was a bad month compared to the previous year. Hambo sold 1,633 fewer tickets, a decrease of 9%.
And what about March, the month just ended? For this March, the last complete month available, Hambo’s ark sold 70,466 tickets, resulting in a fee to the city of $35.233.00. That’s up from March of last year, when they sold 62,251 tickets and paid a fee of $31,125.50 to the city. The increase over the same month last year was 8,215 tickets, or 13%. That’s a lot of droolers!
Why was March better than February, compared to the same months in the previous year? We’re told that this February the weather in Northern Kentucky was lousy. That could be a big factor, but we really have no idea. Our operative suggests that April, the current month, will also be better than the year before because of conferences Hambo has been holding.
Anyway, now you have the latest figures. Make of them what you will. Our only conclusion is that the ark doesn’t appear to be an economic catastrophe, so it’s likely to remain in business for the foreseeable future. As always, we are grateful to our clandestine operative for his excellent work. And we look forward to Hambo’s discussion of the figures.
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