State Fair attendance reaches a record 1 million
This was a record-breaking year for the Wisconsin State Fair.
Beautiful weather prompted a whopping 1,012,552 people to attend the fair over its 11-day run from Aug. 1-11. That's an increase of 10 percent over last year, and makes for the best-attended fair since 1969, although fair officials are quick to point out that truly accurate attendance numbers have only been available since 2002 with the advent of ticket-scanning technology at the gates.
Some facts and figures from the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair:
31,000 patrons received discounted admission on Wells Fargo $2 Day benefiting Hunger Task Force, donating 122,500 lbs. of food and $7000 in cash donations to the Hunger Task Force.
Fairgoers indulged in 120,000 slides down the famous Giant Slide and over 110,000 Sky Glider trips across the Fair Park.
- The Wisconsin Bakers Association sold over 387,000 Original Cream Puffs.
- Over 18,000 beer donuts were consumed at the Miller Lite Sports Bar & Grill.
- 35,000 ice cream sundaes were served by the Washington County FFA.
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