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Indiana State Fair ends with slightly smaller crowd

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The Indiana State Fair has wrapped up a 17-day run during which officials say it drew 952,020 visitors.

State Fair executive director Cindy Hoye says the crowds were wonderful for the event that ended Sunday, especially considering the hot weather.

Fair officials say temperatures reached at least 92 degrees during nine of the fair's 17 days. The fair's attendance fell short of the nearly 974,000 people it saw last year when it was first extended from 12 days.

Hoye says fair organizers don't have enough information yet to know about the future of the longer fair, although they are committed to the longer scheduled for next year.

Earlier this month, IBJ talked with fair vendors who likewise were unsure about the benefit of the additional five days. Despite the higher total attendance last year, daily crowds were down from an average of 71,634 in 2008 to 57,288 in 2009.

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  • smaller crowds
    to me it's no wonder the state fair attendence has been going down the last few years even with a longer fair run the attendence has not grown much. When the kids especially Indianapolis and Marion County kids go back to school durring the fairs run that takes quite a lot of the daily attendence out of the picture. i think it is a shame kids have to go back to school before the fair is over and only on the weekends can they really enjoy the fair.
  • Inflated, indeed
    I also agree that there is some "number wrangling" gpong on there. I think that they count all badge holders, every day, even if they do not attend on each day.

    I was there opening night, the next Tuesday (8/10) and the final Friday (8/20). Absolutely weak crowds. It was hotter than you know what on 8/10 but the other two days weren't bad, temperature wise. I always look at the fair's trams as a barometer for attendence. Most were less than half full, at any time.
  • Shorter summer longer Fair?
    Due to the early start of the school year in Hamilton County, we didn't have the opportunity to enjoy the fair during the week like we have in years past. If anyone could get the school board to give us one more week of summer we would appriciate it and we would be better supporters of the Indiana State Fair.
  • state fair attendance figures?
    I have always believed that Indiana State fair attendance are inflated! Plus 12 days is indeed the "right" amount of days to conduct this longtime event. thank you!

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