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Franklin County Fair attendance appeared higher this year

August 29, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin County (Pa.) Fair officials are compiling data from last week’s fair, but they expect they reached the 20,000 visits of an average year.

The total number of visitors will be finalized by midweek, Fair Board chairman Robert Eckstine said Sunday.

“Things went pretty well until Saturday night when we were rained out,” Eckstine said.

The fair, which was held from Aug. 21 to 27, switched to a $10-per-carload fee this year, rather than per-person admission. Eckstine said revenue was down, but attendance appeared to be up.

“The food stands seemed to have more revenue,” he said.

Highlights of the 2011 fair included the return of a demolition derby after three years as well as free rides for children for two hours on Saturday courtesy, according to Eckstine.

The Jefferson County (W.Va.) also was held last week and featured good crowds, officials said previously.

County Fair Manager Todd Wilt could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

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