While the Fulton County Fair did set a new one-day attendance record, over the entire seven-day event, attendance was off by 7% from 2007.
Figures obtained from the Fulton County Fair Board show that during the 2008 fair, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, 262,143 persons passed through the gates.
That’s off from the record set in 2007, when 281,091 went to the fair. The difference is 18,948.
The new one-day mark was set on Sunday, Aug. 31, when 63,530 persons visited. That topped the previous high mark, set on Sunday in 2006, when 62,743 attended.
This year’s fair saw the bestever crowd for a Saturday, when 58,621 passed through the gates. That’s up by 300 from the previous best-ever Saturday, set in 2007. That year, 58,321 attended.
Labor Day, Monday 2008, was down by 11,830, or 20%, compared to the 2007 record. There were 47,235 on the fairgrounds in 2008, compared to 59,065 in 2007.
The lowest attendance this year, 20,034, was Wednesday, Sept. 3. That was off 6,679, or 25%, from Wednesday in 2007, when 26,713 entered the fairgrounds.
Attendance figures for 2008, 2007, and 2006:
Note: * indicates record attendance
This article has been corrected from the printed version.