Wake County

NC State Fair attendance up so far this year

Sunny weather has helped boost attendance at the N.C. State Fair so far this year, though Sunday’s turnout was surprisingly low.

More than 331,000 people have gone to the fair through the first weekend, up about 4 percent from last year and about 1 percent above the five-year average, according to numbers released by the fair Monday morning.

Overall attendance is up despite Sunday’s turnout of 94,691, which marks the first time in five years that attendance on the first Sunday didn’t exceed 100,000.

Fair spokesman Brian Long says he doesn’t know why relatively few people came to the fair Sunday, but noted that the crowd was notably thinner at night, when temperatures had dipped into the low 50s.

As for the rest of the week, there’s a slight chance of showers Tuesday, but otherwise the forecast calls for cool, sunny weather, with highs in the 60s.

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