Officials optimistic about record-breaking crowds at Indiana State Fair

Weather plays major role

INDIANAPOLIS - After seeing impressive crowds over the weekend, officials with the Indiana State Fair were very pleased with attendance only four days into the fair's 17-day run.

There aren't official attendance figures yet, but vendors and officials said the fair has been a big hit so far and there is the potential for record-breaking crowds.

The nearly perfect weather may have played a role in the impressive numbers.

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“It's just a family thing. There's not much you can do with your family anymore, so it's nice to bring them to the fair to have fun," visitor LuAnn Bunch said.

Plenty of people had fun over the weekend. Many visitors came out for Friday’s opening day, concerts and Motorsports over the weekend.

“We've had vendors tell us that yesterday may have been the biggest Sunday they have ever had out here. It was fantastic yesterday. Friday and Saturday were also great," Indiana State Fair spokesman Andy Klotz said.

Fair officials know one major factor that could lead to record-breaking attendance is the weather.

“It's not raining. It's good weather. It's nice out. It's breezy. We had a day off and came to the fair," visitor Karla Sam said.

Last year's fair drew nearly 854,000 visitors, which was 20,000 people short of the goal. Last summer's scorching heat was a major departure from the start of this year's fair.

“Definitely one of the bigger years. The weather’s good and the numbers show that it's definitely better," vendor Shane Wagner with Sirloin Tip Concessions said.

Fair officials remained optimistic that attendance records could be broken with the good weather forecasted for the remainder of the fair.

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