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Illinois State Fair Attendance Best in a Decade

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The Illinois State Fair reported its highest attendance in more than ten years. A total of 961,142 fairgoers passed through the gates this year, an increase of five percent or 42,707 visitors.

That compares to a year ago, when attendance was 918,435. The figure is the fair’s highest attendance since 2002, when an estimated 1.2 million people visited the fair.

Several records were set during the 11-day run of the fair as well including at the grandstand. The Grandstand entertainment was the highest-grossing line-up in State Fair history with tickets sales of $2.03 million. The sales figure eclipsed the previous record of $1.57 million set just last year. Grandstand attendance totaled 53,287, the most since 2000, when 54,345 tickets were sold.

Toby Keith was the biggest draw – his concert sold 9,367 tickets, 144 more than the Styx and REO Speedwagon concert with 9,223 people watching that concert.

Next year’s fair will be held Aug. 7 – 14, 2014 in Springfield.

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