Local News
2:21 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

State Fair Attendance Drops

New calculations show that Kentucky State Fair attendance dropped slightly this year, but state officials say the event was still a success.

Attendance was just under 600,000 for the 11-day event. That's about 5,000 fewer people than the year before and the first time since 2008 that attendance was below 600,000.

Attendance has varied for the last decade, fluctuating by several thousand year to year.

Fair Board officials say weather, the economy, the start of school and the entertainment lineup can all affect attendance, and they're satisfied with this year's numbers.

Here are attendance numbers for the last decade:

  • 2003       625,657
  • 2004       637,327
  • 2005       629,740
  • 2006       614,477
  • 2007       589,364
  • 2008       586,106
  • 2009       621,795
  • 2010       602,897
  • 2011       605,565
  • 2012       599,854