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State Fair Sets Record

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 17 Oct 2011 03:16pm | comments
A ride at the Mississippi state fair.

The Mississippi state fair is continuing to set new attendance records. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the 2011 fair drew nearly 700-thousand people.

The nearly 700-thousand people at this year's fair broke an attendance record set just last year.

Fair Commission director Billy Orr says days of perfect weather helped fill the mid-way.

"The weather was perfect all the way through except on the last Wednesday night we had a shower about opening time. Other than that it was good," Orr said.

Workers tore down rides and booths on Monday, the day after the fair's conclusion.

Food vender Steve Keith says even though there were big crowds it didn't automatically mean bigger profits.

"Oh yeah, there was a lot more people here it doesn't mean they were spending any more money. That is the saying. They can come here and not spend a dime or they can come here and spend a lot of money," Keith said.

Fair officials estimate that the yearly fair has a 60-million dollar economic impact on the state.



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