Indiana State Fair Attendance Reaches A New Record
August 19, 2013 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana State Fair officials credited good weather and new attractions with a boost in attendance that led to a new record of 978,296 people.
That’s more than 4,000 more people than the previous record set in 2009.
It’s also a 15 percent from last year’s total attendance.
The weather was an important factor in the record with less that an inch of rain and an average temperature of 84 degrees.
“From the weather to the programming, everything seemed to work this year,” said Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye.
The fair offered new events to try to counteract several issues that threatened to dampen attendance, including the ongoing construction projects and earlier school start dates.
“We knew we would have a challenge with the Coliseum under construction and more schools moving to a balanced calendar, but our plan and the weather worked out well and we are very proud to have hosted so many people,” Hoye said. “It’s been one of the most memorable fairs we’ve ever had.”
Fair officials said a number of programs helped to draw people into the fair. The world’s largest popcorn ball, weighing in at 6,510 pounds, saw many visitors while sitting on display in the Ball State Agriculture and Horticulture building.
The state fair also unveiled its new Glass Barn, a building dedicated to teaching fairgoers about modern day farming and educating them through the lives of three Indiana farmers.
Fair officials also put more emphasis on families with kids with the addition of the Kiddie Land midway and the Youth Arena, which was home to a number of 4-H exhibitsions.
The fair also broke three daily records throughout the 17 days.
Next year’s state fair runs from Aug. 1-17.