The 6,510-pound popcorn ball the fair created and placed on display throughout the State Fair. (State Fair photo)
Consistently sunny skies and below normal temperatures coupled with new exhibits and popular promotions helped the Indiana State Fair set a new total attendance record, according to an announcement by fair officials.
The 157th edition of the fair, which wrapped up Sunday, attracted 978,296 people through the gates – 4,394 more visitors than the previous record of 973,902 in 2009 and a 15 percent increase from last year’s total of 853,941.
“From the weather to the programming, everything seemed to work this year,” State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye said in a news release. “We knew we would have a challenge with the Coliseum under construction and more schools moving to a balanced calendar, but our plan and the weather worked out well and we are very proud to have hosted so many people. It’s been one of the most memorable fairs we’ve ever had.”
Further details in today's print and e-editions.