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.