It’s time that we gave you 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. Our last post on this was Ticket Sales for Hambo’s Ark — April to July 2019, and now we’ll give you the numbers for the next three months.
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,” but it isn’t thrilling reading, so we haven’t been posting about it monthly. Now we have some catching up to do, so here it comes — with some simple arithmetic we hope we didn’t mess up.
For August of 2019, Ark Encounter sold 104,350 tickets. In August of 2018, the same open records request indicated 98,106 tickets sold. So this August, Hambo sold 6,244 more tickets, an increase of 6.3% over August of the preceding year.
For September of 2019, Ark Encounter sold 73,541 tickets. It’s a big drop from the previous month, but September is the month when kids go back to school. In September of 2018, the same open records request indicated 69,207 tickets sold. So this September Hambo sold 4,334 more tickets, an increase of 6.2% over September of the preceding year.
For October of 2019, Ark Encounter sold 86,998 tickets. Compare that to October of the previous year, when 89,434 tickets were sold. So for that month we have a decrease of 2,436 ticket sales, which is 2.7% less than October of the preceding year. Blue Grass says: “The Ark had slightly lower attendance than it did in the same month in 2018. … More importantly, the attendance is nowhere near the 1.4 to 2.2 million per year Ken Ham and others claimed would be flocking to the Ark when state and local officials gave the Ark tax rebate incentives, virtually free land, and cash to build in Williamstown, KY.”
So there you have it. Disregarding what we think are relatively trivial ups and downs, the droolers continue to flood in (so to speak), and last three months have been very good for ol’ Hambo. For what it’s worth, he claims attendance is much higher than the reported figures, due to children under 5 and free tickets given lifetime members.
As always, we are grateful to our clandestine operative for his excellent work, and we look forward to many more years of having Hambo’s ark to blog about.
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