Stormy Weather Hurt Fair Attendance Slightly - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/30/07

Stormy Weather Hurt Fair Attendance Slightly

Despite stormy weather mid week, fair officials are calling this year's Panhandle South Plains Fair a success.

After a nine day run, the fair closed it's gates for good Saturday night.

Panhandle South Plains Fair General Manager Herb Higgs tells us early numbers show attendance was down.

Higgs believes the lower turnout was caused by Wednesday's heavy rain.

He says last year more than 195,000 people made it out to the fair. This year he estimates attendance was in between 170 to 180,000 people.

The rain also impacted revenues of many of the non-profits selling fair food and carnival ride profits were also down by ten percent.

Still Higgs says the fair ended on a high note and he's already looking forward to next year.

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