Weather Impacts Fair Attendance
DU QUOIN-- The 2014 Du Quoin State Fair wrapped up Monday. Fair officials haven't released many specifics on attendance. They say things got off to a slow start, but rebounded over the holiday weekend.
Over the last ten days, thousands of people have made their way to Du Quoin. Organizers say the hot and, at times, rainy weather kept attendance down initially, but things improved. Sunday night, more than 65,000 people packed the fairgrounds.
It was a strong start.
"Seeing the people. Seeing them come out and enjoy themselves, seeing all the little kids come out and how excited they get over seeing the different rides, that's what it's all about," said fair vendor Mike Mills.
This year's Foreigner concert on opening weekend was the largest at the fair since Kenny Chesney back in 2001. Planning for next year's Du Quoin State fair will begin in just a few weeks.
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Humidity: 94 %