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Final Day of 2014 Illinois State Fair

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 12:35 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- Newschannel at Nine's Rebekah Thurston reports live from the final day of the Illinois State Fair Sunday night.

THE WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL OUT HERE RIGHT NOW BUT THEY DID HAVE A COUPLE RAINY DAYS OUT HERE AT THE FAIR WHICH HAMPERED ATTENDANCE IN THE LONG RUN.. BUT OVERALL THERE WERE MANY THOUSANDS OF DEDICATED FAIRGOERS THAT CAME OUT DESPITE THE RAIN CLOUDS.

THE LAST THREE YEARS OF THE FAIR ATTENDANCE STAYED PRETTY STEADILY AROUND 900-THOUSAND VISITORS.
THE ALL-TIME HIGH FOR ATTENDANCE WAS MET IN 2002 WHEN OVER 1-POINT-2 MILLION FOLKS MADE IT OUT.
THIS YEAR, ORGANIZERS WERE FORCED TO CANCEL SEVEN EVENTS AND ESTIMATE ATTENDANCE WAS DOWN ABOUT 9-PERCENT...
BUT AREN'T DISPLEASED WITH THE TURNOUT.

"WELL EVEN TODAY.. YOU KNOW THE FORECAST ALL DAY LONG HAS BEEN INTERMITENT SHOWERS, ITS BEEN OVERCAST AND GRAY BUT WE HAVE A GREAT CROWD TODAY AND I THINK IT JUST SHOWS THAT PEOPLE WANT THAT ONE LAST TASTE OF THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR BEFORE NEXT YEAR."

AND EVEN THOUGH THE FOOD VENDORS AND CARNIVALS ARE PACKING UP MUCH WILL HAVE TO BE DONE AFTER EVERYONE GOES HOME.

CREWS WILL BE CLEANING THE GROUNDS AND PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR HAS ALREADY BEGUN.

Final Day of 2014 Illinois State Fair


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