Kentucky State Fair attendance down, revenue up

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Fair officials say attendance was down this year but revenue was up.

WLKY-TV reports no statistics about pricing change was given, but attendance figures released last week show a drop of more than 25,000. This year’s fair ran from Aug. 15 to 25 and drew 589,170 people. Last year, attendance was 614,470.

Temperatures well into the 90s may have played a role. Another factor could have been a change in policy for minors attending the fair. A disturbance involving fireworks led the fair to require minors attending at night to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Additionally, a teenager was arrested during the fair’s first weekend and accused of firing a shot into the air at the fair.

Officials say next year’s fair will start Aug. 20.