A return to Springfield works out well for the 2009 Illinois Beef Expo.
Last year, electrical problems forced the show to move to a smaller venue in Bloomington at the last minute. That meant canceling some activities, including the junior show, which drew about 400 young people Sunday.
Expo Manager Cimeron Frost describes the turnout as excellent this year at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
"We were kinda worried, with the economy, way everything was going and with not being here last year, but the response has been great," Frost said. "The average of the sales we had earlier in the week were some of the highest we've ever had."
The crowds have an impact on the local economy. Frost says the event attracts about 500 families who stay in motels, eat at restaurants and fill up their gas tanks.
The expo started Wednesday and ended Sunday evening. Crews will clean-up Monday and the Expo board will start working on next year soon.