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(Photo Courtesy of the Indiana State Fair Commission)
Almost 44-hundred more people attended the Indiana State Fair this year than in 2012, a 15-percent increase. Officials with the State Fair report 157th edition attracted over 978-thousand people through the gates. Sunny skies and cooler temperatures were contributing factors to the high attendance, along the new exhibits and attractions, like the 65-hundred pound popcorn ball that was on display throughout the fair which measured eight-feet across and broke a world record by nearly 15-hundred pounds.
Here in the Region....Lake County attendance topped last year's numbers by more than 12-thousand, for a total of nearly 222-thousand fairgoers for 2013. In Porter County, this year's event beat last year's numbers on many levels, including carnival, midway vendors and grandstand, with an estimated 120-thousand going through the gates this year, on par with last year, and gate receipts up 15-percent over 2012. In La Porte County, attendance numbers were said to be a few percentage points higher than last year.
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