Georgia National Fair Attendance Up 1 Percent
By: GFB News
10/17/2013 1:54:11 PM
The 24th Georgia National Fair drew 449,885 patrons during its 11-day run, the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority announced in an Oct. 14 press release.
Despite threats of a tropical storm, two days of rain and government furloughs, the Georgia National Fair attendance increased by 1 percent; 4,490 more people than in 2012.
"This fair's performance was extremely satisfying in light of the turmoil going on around us," said Randy Moore, executive director. "Fairgoers in search of an escape turned to our traditional, agriculture-centered fair."
The attendance increased for the second straight year and the fair recorded its highest Tuesday and Thursday single-day attendance.
"The Georgia National Fair provides the opportunity to revisit fundamental principles which make us the greatest country on earth," Moore said.
An increase in military admissions brought a positive impact to the attendance. The Fair offered free admission to military members and their families. Terrific Tuesday with its reduced gate and armband prices plus a free outdoor concert boosted attendance, too.
The Georgia National Fair featured the opening of the Georgia Grown building, where the Georgia Department of Agriculture's marketing program was on full display.
"The Georgia Grown building was well received by Fairgoers," Moore said. "It was an opportunity for the public to appreciate and understand the value of agribusiness to Georgia."
The 25th Georgia National Fair is scheduled for Oct. 2-12, 2014, with "Georgia Grown" as its theme.
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