ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Fair attendance was down this year, and fair officials are blaming Mother Nature.
According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/187i4JW ), attendance [auth] during the Sept. 11-22 fair totaled 392,299.
That’s below last year’s attendance of 407,265 and well below the recent peak of 738,664 in 2006 when the fair ran 15 days.
Fair manager Dan Mourning says this year’s fair was hampered by record rainfall during the beginning of the 12-day run.
Mourning says one positive was record-breaking attendance of 70,451 on the fair’s final Saturday on Sept. 21.
The previous last-Saturday attendance record was 67,030 set last year.