HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) Kansas State Fair manager Denny Stoecklein is crediting good weather and enticing entertainment for a boost in attendance at this year’s fair.
The Hutchinson News reports audited numbers announced Monday show 355,329 visitors attended the fair, which ran Sept. 5-14.
This year’s gate was up by about 15,000 people from 2013 and the highest in 16 years.
Stoecklein says it was also the fourth-highest attendance of all time although that statistic is unofficial, because audited attendance only began in 1978.
The fair’s highest attendance was 361,647 in 1995. The lowest was about 283,000 in 2001, when the fair took place shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.