LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat likely contributed to lower attendance at the 110th Kentucky State Fair, which ended its 11-day run on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The 2014 fair drew 515,937 visitors, dipping below 600,000 for the first time in two years.
Despite the decrease in attendance, the Kentucky State Fair Board says other areas saw growth, including the competitive entry departments and World's Championship Horse Show. Both areas had a total of 58,449 entries, an increase of more than 1,500 from last year's figures.
Marked by 100 degree heat indexes and thunderstorms, the rain-soaked final weekend of the fair dampened overall attendance numbers, down from last year's total of 615,648. Rain fell on eight of the 11 days of the fair, most notably on Saturday, Aug. 23 when the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts free outdoor concert had to be canceled.