State Fair Of Texas Attendance Tops Two Million

Alan Scaia
October 22, 2018 - 7:44 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The State Fair of Texas says attendance topped two million people this year. Last year's attendance was more than 2.2 million, but the Fair says rain fell on 11 of its 24 days in 2018.

“While we couldn’t control the weather, we were thrilled to see family and friends come out to experience the great State Fair of Texas and create lifelong memories – rain or shine,” Mitchell Glieber, State Fair of Texas President, wrote in a statement. “As the 2018 exhibition comes to a close, we thank everyone who helped make this another successful event, enabling us to give back to Fair Park, the surrounding communities, and award college scholarships to students from throughout the Lone Star State.”

The fair extended hours for the final weekend and says 380,000 people passed through the gates on the final two days.

VisitDallas sets up a world map at the fair for visitors to show where they came from. The State Fair says people placed more than 200,000 dots on the map, representing all 50 states and 183 of the 195 countries around the world.

The State Fair of Texas says a 9,600 students participated in livestock and agricultural events, submitting a record number of 16,000 livestock entries. That was a 23 percent increase from 2017.

The State Fair of Texas partnered with Goodwill Industries three years ago and will host a job fair this Friday from 10 am to 1 pm. The fair says 35 companies will be taking applications at the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center.