NC State Fair celebrates 2021 event despite low attendance

North Carolina News

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Organizers are celebrating the 2021 NC State Fair despite seeing its lowest attendance total in more than a decade due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that with preliminary totals collected through Sunday, officials said the fair drew 821,463 people, a 12% drop from 2019, the year before the pandemic erupted.

Attendance this year dropped lower than any year since 2008 when 765,067 people flocked to the midway, rides and exhibits.

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