Fair attendance remains strong

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attendance was down slightly at this year's Oklahoma State Fair, but nothing like the dramatic downturn the Texas State Fair is experiencing.

With an ongoing national economic crisis, gas shortages and a hurricane recovery effort still in full swing, attendance and sales are significantly down at the Texas fair.

High-end vendors at the Texas fair in Dallas are reporting a roughly 80 percent drop in sales and a notable lack of crowds.

Officials at the Oklahoma State Fair said attendance during the fair's 10-day run last month also decreased, but only about 6 percent down from last year's record-setting centennial event.

The fair saw increases in carnival and parking grosses and participation in the livestock and horse shows.

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