Final State Fair attendance figures show a slight dropoff from last year. State Fair officials say the total attendance of 853 thousand missed their attendance goal by about two-percent.
Spokesman Andy Klotz says the attendance figure is the lowest since the fair was extended to 17 days in 2009, but says rain on six of the fair’s 17 days contributed to that.
“We had 6 days of rain that we dealt with, including that Thursday we had a washout,” Klotz says. “We have talked internally, and we can’t remember the last time that we had an all-day washout.”
Klotz says he won‘t know for a couple of months how the fair did financially. He says it appears concession revenue was up, which could make up for some of the attendance drop.
Klotz says the longer State Fair 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.
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.