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New record for State Fair

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By Ashley Conroy - email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Sunny skies and little-to-no rain has been the story across the majority of Mississippi over the past several weeks.

The Mississippi Fair Commission attributes this mild weather to the record number of attendees at the 2010 State Fair.

"It was the best fair ever," said executive director Billy Orr. "We've topped Katrina's figures which was about 663 thousand and we came in with a little over 673,000. A little over 9,000 up this year."

These numbers were good news for vendors who decided to set up shop at the fair.

General manager of Cock of the Walk in Ridgeland, Mike McCoy, said last year was the first year they decided to set up a venue. But because of dreary weather, they didn't do nearly as well as they did this year.

"We've had people come in from McComb and Brookhaven who didn't realize were out at the reservoir," McCoy said.

Orr said the fair ended late Sunday night and clean up crews continued to work through the night to pick up trash and take down the fair rides.

By late Monday morning, he estimated about 85 percent of rides and venues had been taken down.

"Place is getting cleaned up looking pretty good, so in two or three days no one will ever know that there was 673,000 people through here in 12 days."

In 2005, Orr said they had so many visitors because evacuees stayed in Jackson after Hurricane Katrina struck. 

Post Katrina, the numbers each year slowly died down. Last year, not even 500 thousand attended.

For now, Orr says he's just glad they celebrate such large numbers this year.  

"Thanks to people like you and a lot publicity, good Lord and the weather and people coming out, it was the best fair ever."

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