The recently concluded Illinois State Fair reported its highest attendance in more than ten years. A total of 961,142 fairgoers passed through the gates this year, an increase of five percent – or 42,707 visitors – compared to a year ago, when attendance was 918,435. The figure is the fair’s highest attendance since 2002, when an estimated 1.2 million people visited the fair.
“No matter how you add it up, this was a great fair and these numbers are good for the Illinois economy,” Governor Pat Quinn said.
Several records were set during the 11-day run of the fair as well.