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Ride Accident Blamed For Drop In State Fair Attendance

Aug 9, 2017

Credit Ohio Public Radio

Attendance at this year's Ohio State Fair fell to its lowest level in 13 years.

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

In its 12 day run the fair brought in just over 801-thousand people – the lowest number since 2004 and a 13 percent drop from last year. Spokesperson Alicia Shoults says attendance fluctuates every year, but the breakdown of a Midway ride that left one person dead and several seriously injured was a factor.

 

“I think that obviously, opening day’s tragic accident certainly contributed to that and accompanying that, the fact that the rides were closed for a few days.”

 

Shoults says the cooler weather and the occasional rain also might have kept visitors away. There were more than 120-thousand fewer visitors to the state fair this year than there were in 2016.