Attendance at 2016 North Dakota State Fair down 4 percent

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Attendance at the North Dakota State Fair was down only slightly this year, despite the state’s challenging economic conditions.

Manager Renae Korslien said 293,123 people walked through the gates at the State Fairgrounds in Minot this year, down from 305,093 last year.

The fair wrapped up its nine-day run on July 31 — two days before the state Legislature goes into a special session called by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address shortfalls in the state treasury caused by slumping oil and agriculture industries.

“In the tough economic climate of our region, our attendance was down only 4 percent,” Korslien said. “That is truly incredible,”

The fair, which was the 51st, had the usual carnival rides, food vendors, animal shows, 4-H exhibits and musical entertainment. Grandstand acts this year included country superstar Kenny Chesney and rockers KISS.

Chesney’s concert had the biggest attendance, at 11,342 people. KISS drew 9,688 fans.

Next year’s fair is scheduled for July 21-29.