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Kentucky State Fair attendance up from 2014 fair

Fair attendance was up significantly from last year. (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News) Fair attendance was up significantly from last year. (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News)
The 10-day fair ended on Aug. 30. (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News) The 10-day fair ended on Aug. 30. (Source: Daniel Paxton, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The rides, music and delicious food came to an end Sunday night when the gates closed on the 2015 Kentucky State Fair.

Organizers said beautiful weather helped attract near-record crowds to the fair. Low heat and humidity helped draw more than 600,000 people to the fairgrounds this year, about 100,000 more than last year.

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Louisville natives Kourtney Davis and Johnathan Brown usually attend the state fair each year, but they said this year they had a major incentive to go.

"Whenever you have discounts, including parking, it definitely influences you to come," Davis said.

The ease on people's pocket books allowed thousands of people to tack on an extra trip to the fair this year. Amanda Storment, vice president of communications for the Kentucky State Fair Board, said this was the first time the fair offered discounted parking.

"If you purchased tickets before the fair started, it was only $5," Storment said.

That could explain the long lines of cars that sat at the gates over the last 10 days. 

Some fairgoers considered waiting until the last day of the fair a strategic move.

"It is a lot less busy, which is nice," Abaigail Goodale said. "You're not having to run through [hoardes] of people."

Organizers guarantee the Kentucky State Fair is one of the most unique fairs in the country.

"Other state fairs are not in buildings like this," Storment said. "We are a major convention,trader show, exposition facility 365 days a year, so we are always busy."

With a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, Storement said there are attractions for everyone.

"I don't think Kentuckians realize how fortunate we are because we are so accustomed to this great place," she said.
 
The largest crowd to enter the gates at the Kentucky State Fair was more than 650,000 in 1994.

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