More than 97,600 people attended the N.C. State Fair on Sunday, bringing the total attendance for the 11-day fair to 929,748.
That’s a little more than 2,000 more than last year, despite near perfect weather for the entire run.
State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said Sunday he was a little perplexed why attendance wasn’t better, but said judging from the comments he had heard and other feedback the fair was “absolutely wonderful.”
The fair got off to a strong start last weekend, with attendance on the first three days exceeding the average for the previous five years. But in each of the remaining eight days, attendance lagged the five-year average.
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Saturday was the busiest day at the fair, at 126,629. The record for that day was 151,647 in 2010, when the fair drew almost 1.1 million people.