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Leaders pleased despite drop in total attendance at Du Quoin State Fair

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DU QUOIN, Ill -- Attendance at the 2018 Du Quoin State Fair dropped 8 percent compared to 2017.

Fair officials say 100,813 people attended the fair which ended on Labor Day.

The 11 day fair brought in $226,780 in admission and parking revenue, 

“Every year we strive to showcase all that southern Illinois has to offer, highlighting agriculture and tourism so that families can enjoy the Du Quoin State Fair as an entertaining and affordable event,” said State Fair Manager Luke Sailer. “We’re very proud of what we offered this year, particularly our special events celebrating Illinois’ bicentennial.”

“This year we moved the Twilight Parade, which kicks off the fair, inside the fairgrounds and waived all admission and parking fees that night so that more families could enjoy the parade and the fair’s opening night,” said Assistant State Fair Manager Tibretta Reiman. “That change was incredibly successful this year, as thousands more people came out to celebrate the opening of the Du Quoin State Fair.”

You can see the breakdown of attendance numbers each night of the fair below:

Fair officials say some of the totals above represent nearly 40 percent increases on some nights.

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