GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — As of Monday, attendance at the Nebraska State Fair was down 3.71 percent compared with the first four days of last year's fair, Executive Director Joseph McDermott said Tuesday.
Attendance the first four days was 104,033, compared with 108,036 for the first four days last year.
Attendance was actually up on three of the first four days, but a sizable drop on Sunday was the culprit.
On opening day, attendance got off to a good start with a 7.34 percent increase compared with opening day last year. Attendance on opening day this year was 16,179 compared with 15,073 in 2012.
That trend continued on Saturday, when there were 43,145 visitors compared with 42,742 for the second day of the fair last year.
But on Sunday, attendance dipped 18.05 percent as the fair recorded 30,125 people compared with 36,961 last year.
The Nebraska State Fair runs 11 days and over two weekends. Last year, the opening weekend drew 79,703. This year, opening weekend drew 73,270.
Last year, total fair attendance was 336,987, an 8 percent increase from the first year of the State Fair in Grand Island.
McDermott said the best attendance days are ahead as the fair has Older Nebraskans Day on Wednesday and then enters Labor Day weekend.
“We anticipate that we will be able to make up those numbers.”