2019 Illinois State Fair brought in record $6.5M-plus

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state says the 2019 Illinois State Fair had record estimated revenue of more than $6.5 million.

Fair officials said Thursday this year's total surpassed the previous record of $6.4 million set in 2013 and was about $750,000 higher than last year's total.

They say the data represents conservative estimates. Final figures for 2018 and 2019 will be released in an auditor's report in October or November.

Last month they announced the grandstand had a record-setting year: The 63,633 tickets sold brought in a record $2.3 million.

The estimated fair attendance total of nearly 509,000 last month was 37% higher than 2018's projection of just over 370,000, making it the largest attendance since 2014.

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