published on October 19, 2016 - 6:43 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Big Fresno Fair ended its 12-day run this past weekend, and for the second time in its 133-year history, it broke the 600,000-person attendance mark.

A total of 605,870 attended the fair this year — just a few thousand less than attended last year, when the fair first broke its 12-day attendance record.

“Our team continues to work hard to put on a Fair that’s a little bit bigger and better each year. New additions to the Museum, plus other new attractions throughout the Fair definitely helped us accomplished that,” said John C. Alkire, CEO of The Big Fresno Fair. “The Fresno County Historical Museum is truly a treasure for our community to enjoy, learn from and celebrate the evolution of life in our Valley as represented by its unique people, innovations, professions, pastimes and so much more. To witness the stories shared by complete strangers in the Museum during the Fair was something so special.”

There was also a 9.37 percent increase in concessions this year, as well as a record year for junior livestock auctions.

Planning is already underway for the 2017 Big Fresno Fair, which will run Oct. 4-15.

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