Ashley Cropper of Lodi shows her steer in the livestock arena last month at the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton. Good weather contributed to solid attendance figures at the fair. CLIFFORD OTO/The Record
By The Record
October 25, 2012
STOCKTON - Last month's San Joaquin County Fair drew more than 132,000 fairgoers, a small increase from the 2011 event.
This year's fair lasted eight days, three more than last year's fair in June, when attendance was about 128,000. The past two fairs have shown an attendance increase of more than 50,000 from the 2010 edition.
"We're happy with the number," said Janet Covello, the chief executive officer of the fair. "We know we had a change in dates, so we didn't expect to see double numbers."
Admission to the fair has been free for two years. Last month's 152nd San Joaquin County Fair was the first held in September since the early 1920s. Many of the exhibits this year were related to the arrival of autumn.