State Fair Officials Say Attendance Numbers Down Slightly From Last Year

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The final day of the Iowa State Fair showed attendance levels are down slightly compared to last year.

Fair officials say a couple of rainy days could have played a part.

"(The weather) affects our attendance a little bit but if you look at the history of the fair, it was over 10 years ago that we broke the over one million mark and have been there mostly every year since then," said Gary Slater, Executive Director of the Iowa State Fair.

The largest attendance in fair history was set last year when an estimated 1,117,398 people paid a visit to the fairgrounds.

This year, that number fell to around 1,000,100 people.

Fair officials say they always introduce new foods and entertainment in hopes of drawing larger crowds.

The fair committee doesn't get much of a break now that the fair is over. They are already planning next years event and talking with vendors on how to improve the experience.