Arizona State Fair: Attendance tops a million though slight decrease compared to 2016

PHOENIX - The Arizona State Fair reports attendance at this year's fair topped the 1.1 million mark, but was down "slightly" compared to last year.

A total of 1,136,702 people made their way to the Arizona State Fairgrounds near 19th Avenue and McDowell Road between Oct. 6-29, 2017, according to a news release.

In 2016, 1,144,627 people went to the fair. That is 7,925 people more than this year, a decrease possibly attributed to high temperatures, the fair said.

Despite fewer people, the fair said average revenues were "up slightly across the board."

Nearly 100,000 people attended the free concerts at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. DNCE, Snoop Dogg, Billy Currington, Halestorm, Rick Springfield and Gin Blossoms were some of the artists who performed.

More than 10,000 students participated in the fair's "read and ride" program, which rewarded them with ride tickets for books read. In 2016, 10,762 students were reported to have participated.

A total of 90,939 pounds of food was collected for St. Mary's Food Bank during the "We Care Wednesday's" promotion.

Past Arizona State Fair attendance totals:

  • 2017: 1,136,702
  • 2016: 1,144,627
  • 2015: 1,102,044
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