The Illinois State Fair had a record setting year. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says that revenues for the 11 day event topped $6.5 million. Fair attendance was more than 500,000 that’s at least more than any other fair since 2014. The total number is an estimate but Illinois Director of Ag John Sullivan says that the methods they are using now might be just a little more in line with reality than what was done in years past.
State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon says they count adult ticket sales and parking. But they use estimations when trying to determine how many kids entered free and other free days for veterans and seniors.