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October 21, 2014, 12:19 am
970 WMAY News

Official State Fair Numbers Confirm Biggest Success In Years

Official final numbers from the Illinois State Fair confirm that this year’s edition was the most successful in more than a decade. 


961,000 people went through the gates this year… matching the estimate that fair manager Amy Bliefnick gave 970 WMAY News earlier this week.  That’s five-percent higher than last year… and the biggest amount since 2002. 


And those extra people meant extra money… the fair generated a record $257,000 in sales taxes just from vendors on the grounds.  The governor’s office says that translates to more than $4 million in sales of corn dogs, lemon shakeups and other items sold at the Fair.  And Grandstand revenues were the highest ever, with more than $2 million in ticket sales.

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