DU QUION, Ill. (KFVS) - With the Du Quoin State Fair just ended, fair officials report this year’s event a major success.
Nearly 124,000 people attended the Fair, which is up 23 percent from 2018′s attendance of a little more than 100,000 people, according to the State of Illinois.
The State said this is the highest in at least four years.
“The 2019 Du Quoin State Fair was a record hit, with double digit increases in attendance, grandstand ticket sales and revenue – but more importantly, the people of Southern Illinois had a great time enjoying everything the fair had to offer,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “My administration has invested in improving the Du Quoin fairgrounds, and I’m committed to making this historic fair successful for decades to come, so that this economic engine can continue to benefit not only Du Quoin, but all of Southern Illinois.”
The 2019 Grandstand reportedly sold nearly 15,800 tickets, 26 percent higher than last year’s total of just over 12,500.
Revenue from the grandstand entertainment also increased over 2018. Between the musical acts, racing and monster trucks $356,795 was generated, generating $97,000 more than last year, a 37 percent increase.
According to a release from the State of Illinois, the increased attendance follows a decision by fair officials to cut the $2 admission cost in 2019, making the fair free for all to attend.
The 2020 Du Quoin State Fair is scheduled for August 28 through September 7.