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Over the course of its 10-day run, the Stanislaus County Fair welcomed more than 235,000 attendees, according to fair organizers. The count is 8 percent more than the previous year’s event.
Concessions were down 3 percent over last year, and fair rides were up 15 percent. That’s all despite the hot weather experienced throughout the Central Valley.
“This year was successful even with the heat we experienced,” said Matt Cranford, CEO of the Stanislaus County Fair in a statement. “Like other events, the heat had an impact on our weekend attendance, but our community supports and enjoys this fair.”
One of the many successes cited by event organizers were the 2,511 children who signed up for Kids Club, an educational program that enters participants in a chance to win a two-day trip to Disneyland.
Around 30,000 entries were submitted for exhibitions at this year’s fair, ranging from plants to animals and other items.
“The exhibit program is what sets us apart from other fairs in the state,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the fair. “The true mark of a fair’s success is not in attendance numbers, but in positive exhibitor participation and happy fair guests.”
Fair auctions of livestock entries exceeded $1.3 million.