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State Fair Attendance Down Despite Daily Gains

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Despite higher attendance on three of the first four days of the Nebraska State Fair, overall attendance is down slightly, likely due to the heat.

Numbers were up every day but Sunday, when the heat index hit 100. On that day, the fair saw 6,000 fewer visitors than it did on the same day a year ago.

State Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott said the fair's biggest attendance days are yet to come, and he added that the fair's customer satisfaction surveys continue to run near 95 percent.

McDermott advised fairgoers to stay hydrated, saying they saw an increase in heat related illness on Sunday.

However, he said with the addition of air-conditioning to the Fonner Concourse, all of the buildings are now air-conditioned, and there are more shade areas than ever before. He said there are many places fairgoers can go to take refuge from the heat.

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Attendance Comparison in 
Grand Island

  2010 2011 2012 2013
Friday 11,021 21,875 15,073 16,179
Saturday 42,785 45,127 42,742 43,145
Sunday 32,464 27,654 36,961 30,125
Monday 11,479 16,172 13,260 14,583
Tuesday 22,335 18,195 19,736  
Wednesday 14,602 24,985 23,064  
Thursday 23,269 14,524 19,389  
Friday 26,419 23,869 26,433  
Saturday 37,513 38,201 52,195  
Sunday 53,795 67,929 58,770  
Monday 33,718 34,512 29,364  
Totals 309,400 333,043 336,987

(as of Monday)
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