State fair visitors spend $28.6 million

DALLAS (AP) - The nation's economic roller coaster took a back seat to the rides and food at the State Fair of Texas.

Visitors to the fair, which ended Sunday after a 24-day run, spent about $28.6 million on food and amusement rides, fair officials said in a news release. The amount is the second highest in the fair's history behind last year's record $29 million. The amount represents revenue from coupon sales, which are used for rides and food.

The single day high was $2.8 million on Oct. 11, when Oklahoma and Texas played in the annual Red River rivalry football game.

Animals raised by youths sold for $1.03 million at the annual Youth Livestock Auction of Champions. The grand champion steer sold for a record $95,000.

The fair will run Sept. 25 through Oct. 18 next year.

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