Governor Quinn says the final numbers for the 2013 Illinois State Fair are in and they are the highest they have been since 2002. More than 961,000 people passed through the gates this summer.
“While this year’s high attendance is encouraging and makes the effort that goes into putting on the event worthwhile, it can’t be quanitifed. Those lasting memories the fair creates-that is the most important part” says Quinn.
Fair manager Amy Bliefnick says the fees – $7 for adults most days and $7 to park – seem about right.
“Our admission fees are one of the lowest in the entire nation, and we still want to keep them that way,” she says. “But does it give us cause to re-evaluate our current fee structure? Yes, it does – as in everything about the fair after the fair is over.”
The weather helped attendance, as it did last year. But Grandstand entertainment was the highest grossing line-up in fair history; ticket sales topped $2 million.