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Good weather helps Indiana State Fair set crowd mark

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The Indiana State Fair has closed out this year with a record attendance of more than 978,000.

Fair officials announced Monday that the crowds for the 17-day fair totaled about 4,000 more than the previous record in 2009.

This year's fair, which ended Sunday, benefited from mostly unseasonably cool and dry days — a major change from last year's high heat and thunderstorms that saw the fair draw some 120,000 fewer people.

Fair executive director Cindy Hoye said organizers knew they faced challenges drawing crowds with many school districts having already starting classes and fewer major events as the fairgrounds coliseum undergoes renovations.

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  • $2 Tuesdays didn't hurt either!
    I went to the fair on both $2 Tuesdays-the reduced entry price, smaller, less expensive food options (mouse ear, anyone?) and activities were big draws for me and my neighbors, too. The cooler weather was definitely a factor as well. State Fair train is a nice idea, but at that price it should include admission to the Fair, IMHO. We had a great time, and will be back!
  • VERY CLEAN
    The employees did a fantastic job of keeping the grounds very clean and trash emptied! The gate people were always friendly and made it a great way to start your experience! THANKS for all the FREE concerts...everybody enjoyed singing to the old tunes of some of the groups! Keep up the great work!

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