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Illinois State Fair sees highest attendance in over a decade

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The Illinois State Fair saw the highest number of attendees since 2002.

The 2013 fair saw over 961,100 fairgoers, which is over 42,000 more than the previous year, according to the office of Governor Pat Quinn.

The record attendance was set in 2002 when an estimated 1.2 million people visited the fair.

Governor Quinn said the attendance numbers are good for the state’s economy, but even more important are the memories the fair brings.

“While this year’s high attendance is encouraging and makes the effort that goes into putting on the event worthwhile, it is what can’t be quantified – those lasting memories the fair creates – that is most important.”

Throughout the fair’s 11-days, the Grandstand entertainment sold over $2 million worth of tickets. 2013 was the highest-grossing line-up in State Fair history. Attendance at the grandstand was also the highest it has been since the year 2000. Toby Keith was the most popular concert during the week.

Planning for the 2014 Illinois State Fair will begin almost immediately. The fair will be held from August 7 – 14, 2014.