The State Fair packed fewer people into the grounds over its 11 day run but those who showed up spent more money. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says that they counted 369 thousand people attending the fair. That number is lower than last year but Denise Albert with IDOA says that vendors reported higher sales this year than last.
The fair has changed the way they count visitors beginning in 2015. Since then the fair has averaged about 384 thousand attendees a year.