2009 was the second most successful season yet for the Utah Festival Opera Company in spite of the recession and the opera company’s own financial problems.So who attended the offerings this season? UFOC Board President Kent Wallis told the Cache County Council that 84.9% of the opera attendees were returning patrons and 15.2% were attending for the first time. Of those who attended the opera offerings, 46.1% stayed at least one night in Cache County, 78% ate at a local restaurant during their stay and 53.8% spent money shopping at local businesses.Those coming from out of state comprised 21% of those attending while 79% were from Utah. Those from outside Cache County totaled 60.4% of those coming, while 39.6% were from Cache County. Wallis says that number is up from previous years.
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