State Fair attendance up, but short of record

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS —  The 2017 Indiana State Fair themed “The Wonderful World of Food” drew more than 900,000 visitors.

State Fair officials said the 906,732 fairgoers were a 24 percent increase from 2016. But it fell short of the all-time high of 978,000 fairgoers in 2013.

“Celebrating ‘The Wonderful World of Food’ gave us the opportunity to highlight Indiana agriculture and promote it to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers throughout the state,” said Cindy Hoye, Indiana State Fair executive director. “New features such as the Subaru Skyride and fantastic weather contributed to solid attendance throughout the fair.”

Hot weather and rainy days had a negative impact on attendance in 2016, when the fair drew a little more than 730,000 people during its 17-day run. is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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