Stanislaus County Fair attendance up this year

The Stanislaus County Fair saw a bump in attendance this year, with nearly 239,000 people coming through the gates over its 10-day run. That’s an increase of 6 percent over the 2013 attendance numbers, fair officials said in a news release.

Concessions and rides also did well, with increases of 12 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

The fair’s “Free till 3” admission on Sundays at the fair continued to draw attendees. More than 31,000 guests took advantage on both Sundays to attend the fair for free until 3 p.m.

“In addition to a successful year filled with many high valued programs, we wanted to give back to the community by providing a chance for many to enjoy the Fair for free,” fair CEO Chris Borovansky said in the release.

In recent years, the fair’s highest attendance came in 2011, when its 100th anniversary celebration attracted more than 245,000 people.

More numbers from 2014:

•  15,872: attendees who rode the fair’s free Park ’N’ Ride shuttle service from California State University, Stanislaus, or Pitman High School.

•  30,000: entries exhibited during the fair

•  3.700: floriculture exhibits

•  2,100: photography exhibits

•  $1.3 million: total gross sale of animals at the fair

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