State Fair attendance down a bit from last year
Attendance at the N.C. State Fair has been down a bit so far this year, at least compared to last year's record attendance.
Most days, not by much, but Wednesday's rain was a killer. Attendance was lowest that day, down about 20,000 from last year on the same day.
It's really not fair to compare anything to last year, when the fair drew almost 214,000 more visitors than the year before, and 268,000 more than the average attendance over the last ten years.
Thursday's attendance on Food Lion Hunger Relief day (aka "free can day") was 112,822 (same day in 2010 saw 125,573, but in 2009 it was 108,929).
The fair still has two big days left -- the final Saturday and Sunday.
The final Saturday is always the biggest day of the year, and there's great weather on tap.
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2010 1,091,887
AVERAGE ATTENDANCE (2005-2009)875,892
AVERAGE ATTENDANCE (2001-2010) (*includes years with only 10 fair days)823,782