October 3, 2011 For more information contact:
For Immediate Release Greg Stewart @ 248-7160
ATTENDANCE GOES OVER 300,000 MARK AS FAIR
FINISHES ANOTHER GREAT RUN
Over 300,000 attended the just-completed Central Washington State Fair, and as the dust settles, Fair officials are extremely pleased with how this year’s Fair turned out.
The total attendance of 301,501 at this year’s Central Washington State Fair couldn’t quite match last year, when the Fair experienced 10 perfect days of weather and some 312,149 people showed up, but this year’s attendance was still pretty impressive, and Fair officials are very happy with the results.
“We had a little rain and blustery weather early in the week which hurt us a little,” said Fair president and general manager Greg Stewart. “When you are going up against weather like last year, it is hard to beat. But we gave it a good shot. And based on the comments from our guests, everyone just loved this year’s Fair.”
While this year’s attendance figure didn’t quite match last year’s it still surpassed the attendance of the 2009 Fair which was 298,941.
Among a variety of food, entertainment and exhibits, people seemed to be taken by several new attractions at this year’s Fair.
“We had large crowds everyday at Barnville, the giant petting zoo,” said Stewart. “Families would spend hours in there feeding and petting the animals.”
Stewart also pointed to the Walk on the Wild Side exhibit, which featured a tiger and other exotic cats and animals; the Butterfly Adventures exhibit, where people could walk among 1000 butterflies; and Rock U, a whole building full of Rock ‘N Roll memorabilia and instruments, as being new to the Fair and a big hit with fairgoers.
The other big draw again this year was the entertainment at the Budweiser Stage and the Coca-Cola Grandstand.
On opening weekend of the Fair good crowds showed up to see the music of country star Trace Adkins and the country group Gloriana.
The Fair again beefed up mid-week entertainment and featured rocker band Hinder, country starlet Kellie Pickler, pop group Boyz II Men, and crossover artist Uncle Kracker. On the final weekend the fair presented country singer Brett Eldredge and Mexican band Pikadientes Del Caborca with Reskate Musical.
Large crowds also took in two days of sprint car races on the opening weekend, along with the Pro West Finals rodeo and the giant Demolition Derby on the final weekend.
Of course there was also plenty to eat at this year’s Fair. Always one of the main attractions of the fair, the food again drew big crowds to the 60-some food booths serving everything from corn dogs and barbecued sandwiches to deep fried butter.
Stewart said the dates for next year’s version of the annual fair will be September 21 through September 30, 2012. He said fair management and staff are already making plans for next year’s event.
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