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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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