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State Fair sees attendance dip, State patrol less arrests

Posted: 09/04/13 08:31

Attendance dropped slightly this year at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.
Officials say attendance was nearly 335,000 for the 11-day fair, which ended Monday. That's a drop of 0.6 percent from the 2012 fair, which drew nearly 337,000 people. However State Fair Executive Director of the State Fair Joseph McDermott said that Sunday was the 2nd largest attended day in the144 year history of the Nebraska State Fair. Officials say the hot, humid weather was a possible reason for the decline.

Authorities say activity was light during two weekends of special enforcement for the Nebraska State Fair. The Nebraska State Patrol says it conducted high visibility patrols in Grand Island during the evening and early morning hours of the last two weekends in August. Troopers made fewer than 50 contacts with motorists. Four open container citations were issued to four juveniles. Officials attribute the light activity to the public's voluntary compliance with motor vehicle laws.