A large crowd flooded into the fairgrounds for the last day of the 2015 Iowa State Fair on Sunday. More than a million people have visited the fair over the last 10 days, and fair officials said that number is exceptional, considering there was more than five inches of rain in just a few days.
Sundayâ€™s attendance, which hasn’t been calculated yet, could push this yearâ€™s attendance numbers over the 2008 record of 1,109,150 people. The 2011 state fair came close with 1,080,959 fairgoers.
Iowa State Fair CEO Gary Slater said part of the reason for the large numbers is the new school start agreement, which doesn’t allow schools in Iowa to start classes before Aug. 23.
â€œItâ€™s helped increase our attendance and our participation in our youth activities from 4-H and FFA. There’s no doubt that they’re up,â€ Slater said.
According to the Iowa State Fairâ€™s website, â€œDaily attendance estimates are set aside and an actual count of tickets including daily sales, advance sales, exhibitors, concessionaires, campers, children, credentials, half price, etc. is made to determine the final total attendance.”
The total number of people who attended the 2015 Iowa State Fair will be released Monday at noon.Â Stay with KCCI.com for updates.