State Fair of Texas wraps up 2009 run

DALLAS (AP) - The book is closed on the 2009 State Fair of Texas after fairgoers spent almost $26 million on food and ride tickets during its 24 days.

The fair set a single-day sales record for food and ride coupons Saturday with $3.4 million being sold the day of the annual Texas-Oklahoma football game. More than 92,000 people attended the game.

At the annual Youth Livestock Auction, livestock raised by young Texans sold for more than $1 million. Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction Ltd. paid a record $96,000 for the grand champion steer. A group of State Fair food concessionaires paid $20,000 for the reserve grand champion. The Tom Thumb Food & Pharmacy chain bought the grand champions in the lamb, swine, meat goat and broiler categories.

The 2010 State Fair of Texas is scheduled for a run of Sept.
24-Oct. 17.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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