State Fair Attendance Off 2%
Officials note rainout, call turnout "tremendous success"
Final State Fair attendance figures show a slight dropoff from last year.
Fair officials set a goal of staying roughly even with last year. The total attendance of 853-thousand missed that target by two-percent, but spokesman Andy Klotz pronounces it "a tremendous success." He notes there was rain on six of the fair's 17 days, including a rare all-day washout
Klotz says the fair won't know for a couple of months how it did financially -- he says it appears concession revenue was up, which could make up for some of the attendance drop.
The attendance figure is the lowest since the fair was extended to 17 days in 2009. Klotz says the longer run is here to stay, but the fair will review what to do with its headline concerts. Those events were moved to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the wake of last year's stage collapse, but Klotz says attendees said they prefer being able to see the shows at the fairgrounds. The fair is renovating Pepsi Coliseum to host concerts beginning in 2014 -- Klotz says officials will discuss whether to make any changes for next year.