INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 16, 2015) -- The ninth day of the Indiana State Fair is continuing a trend toward success. Halfway through, there's a chance almost one million people could show up. We're talking averages here, since the exact numbers won't be known until the fair ends, but the entire population of Indianapolis and then some is what that equates to.
The Indiana State Fair is a sturdy tradition, and each person who comes here probably has their own thing they love about it.
"Fair food! Fair food! All the good fair food," said friends Pam and Amy.
It's Mia Stien's first time at the fair, and she's all about the food and the rides.
"Really fun, I enjoy it," Stien said.
Stien said she plans to come back again, and fair organizers sure hope so. Attendance means money which is a large part of what keeps them going each year.
"Last year, we had about 954,000 people attend the fair and we tend to stay between 900,000 and 1,000,000 or so people," said Lesley Gordon, spokeswoman for the Indiana State Fair.
In 2009, the fair went from a 12 to 17 days, so daily numbers are down only because people have more options of when to go. All of the fine weather has helped, as well.
"Yeah, we've been seeing some really great crowds, today included," Gordon added.
Revenue from gate admissions has increased for the extended fair calendar by about $1 million to $3.5 million last year, thanks in part to slight increases in admission prices over the last few years. The Indiana State Fair runs through August 23.