Rainy days lower Illinois State Fair attendance this year

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Fair's attendance is down about 9 percent from last year due to frequent rain throughout this year's event.

According to Illinois State Fair manager Amy Bliefnick, the event drew about 773,000 visitors through Saturday, which is down from 854,000 at the same point last year.  Sunday's admission numbers weren't made available yet.

Despite the rain, Bliefnick says she's "thrilled" with the number.  During the 11-day event, eight days saw rain.  Seven events were canceled, and several others were postponed due to the fair's 1-mile dirt track being too wet.  Bliefnick says 961,000 people attended the Illinois State Fair in 2013.

The estimated total of admission revenues were down about 5 percent from last year.  Illinois State Police say the fair was kept relatively calm this year because of the rainy weather.

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