Conner Prairie attendance rising

Attendance at Conner Prairie’s first two events of the summer has shot up, boding well for total attendance numbers in 2007-the museum’s second year of independence from Earlham College.

More than 8,000 guests showed up for Civil War Days, a two-day reenactment event, in late May, a 166-percent increase over the previous year, when rainy weather hampered the weekend event, the living history museum said.

And more than 8,250 people attended the Indiana Festival, a two-day cultural outdoor event featuring art and music, in early June. That was an increase of 34 percent over 2006.

The museum’s overall attendance jumped 11 percent, to 123,005, in 2006, the first year after separating from Earlham College.

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