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Preliminary figures show attendance at New Mexico State Fair higher than last year


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Preliminary figures show attendance at the most recent New Mexico State Fair topping last year's number.

Fair officials say 460,468 people visited the fair during its 11-day run, from Sept. 10 through Sept. 20. That's an increase of more than 2,000 over last year's attendance of 458,379 when the fair lasted 12 days.

Paid attendance this year was 414,932 compared with 420,624 last year.

Fair manager Dan Mourning says promotional efforts, the reputation of the fair and a new midway operator added to the success.

Reithoffer Shows Inc. began a multi-year contract this year to operate the carnival. Fair officials say they're expecting a 10 percent increase in revenue from the carnival this year.

Next year's state fair will be held Sept. 8 through 18.

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