L.A. county fair attendance up 8% over last year
Baby goats, deep fried munchies and big-hair rock bands scored big this year for the Los Angeles County Fair, which reported an 8% increase in attendance over last year.
The fair, which ended Sunday, was attended by 1,491,213 visitors -- surpassing the 1,374,673 attendance mark last year -- marking the second highest attended fair in its 89-year history.
“It was the perfect storm of great new experiences, popular returning exhibits, exciting Grandstand shows and fantastic weather,” said Dale Coleman, the fair's vice president of sales, marketing and creative programming.
Customer surveys showed that visitors gave the fair high marks for value, entertainment, cleanliness and safety.
The high numbers came this year despite a rain storm that rolled through Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend.
Fair officials also credited its wide selection of food and lineup of top 70's- and 80's-era musical acts such as Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Earth, Wind & Fire.
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Photo: Visitors pet farm animals at the Los Angeles County Fair. Credit: Los Angeles County Fair.