09 State Fair Comes to a Close, Numbers Up

Attendance at the just-concluded 2009 Colorado State Fair in Pueblo was up 2 percent from last year, despite the economic downturn, fair officials said Tuesday.

The fair counted 496,651 attendees over its 11-day run, 9,992 more than a year ago, 11,613 more than 2007 and 44,637 more than 2006. This years 2% increase in attendance follows last years increase of 7%.

“The Colorado State Fair strives to provide a family friendly event at an affordable price while staying true to our goal of supporting youth and agriculture; I believe our increased attendance figures are a reflection of that effort,” fair General Manager Chris Wiseman said in a statement.

Also this year, the Touchstone Energy Junior Livestock Sale drew in approximately $350,500 for Colorado’s 4-H and FFA youth, slightly down from last years total of $393,000


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