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Attendance Up at Missouri State Fair

By AP/KWMU

Sedalia, Mo. – Unseasonably mild weather helped boost ticket sales during the Missouri State Fair last week.

The eleven-day fair had at least 370,000 admissions.

Kim Allen, the fair's marketing director, says the 2003 fair attendance was nearly 341,000.

Allen attributed the boost in ticket sales to mild weather, an increase in youth exhibitor entries, a blend of free and reduced-price entertainment.

Final attendance numbers will be available in a few days when ticket outlets turn in receipts. She said record fair attendance was set during the 1950s when more than a half million visitors showed up.

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