Indiana State Fair wraps up, sets new attendance record

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– It was great news for the Indiana State Fair as officials announce Monday a new total attendance record was set this year.

State Fair officials credit consistently sunny skies and below normal temperatures for the new record, which was 978,269 attendees, a 15 percent increase from last year’s total of 853,941. The previous record was held in 2009 with a total of 973,902 visitors.

“From the weather to the programming, everything seemed to work this year,” State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “We knew we would have a challenge with the Coliseum under construction and more schools moving to a balanced calendar, but our plan and the weather worked out well and we are very proud to have hosted so many people. It’s been one of the most memorable fairs we’ve ever had.”

Overall, the fair broke three daily records, with crowds of 70,331 on the first Sunday; 67,702 on the first Tuesday; and 80,634 on the second Tuesday.

Fair officials said their $2 Tuesdays and Foodie Fridays helped push the attendance numbers up.  They also said the new exhibits played a part.

“All of the new exhibits were home runs too,” said Andy Klotz, spokesperson for the fair. “The Glass Barn, the Kiddie Land, even the popcorn ball, were major factors in drawing some people out here.”

Next year’s State Fair will run from Aug. 1 through Aug. 17.

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