Attendance at '13 state fair highest in a decade

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Springfield -- Illinois officials say this year's state fair had the highest attendance levels in more than a decade.

 

The governor's office says Thursday that more than 961,000 people attended the fair during its 11-day run this month.

 

That's up almost 5 percent from last year and the highest since 2002, when 1.2 million people went through the fair's gates.

 

Ticket sales for concerts at the fair's Grandstand topped $2 million, up more than 29 percent from last year to a new record. More than 53,000 fans attended concerts at this year's fair. The most popular performance was by country musician Toby Keith.

 

The fair ended Aug. 18.

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