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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Spotty showers Sunday did not prevent the Indiana State Fair from topping a total attendance of 900,000 with admissions on its final day, a fair spokesman said.
This yearâ€™s 17-day run is expected to go down in the books as one of the five most attended ever, spokesman Andy Klotz told WISH-TV.
â€śThe temperatures are a lot more important than a little bit of rain here and there,â€ť Klotz said. â€śAs long as we donâ€™t get an all-day washout, then we expect to have good attendance and thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve had this year.â€ť
Final attendance figures are expected to be released Monday. Cool and dry weather helped last yearâ€™s fair set an attendance record of more than 978,000 people.
This yearâ€™s fair featured the return of beer and wine after a nearly 70-year absence. The Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition was open for eight hours each day, allowing Hoosier breweries and wineries to sell some of their craft beers and wines.
â€śThe vendors that participated this year were really thrilled with how it went, and Iâ€™m guessing that wordâ€™s going to get out to some of the other vendors,â€ť Klotz said.
A state law that took effect in July opened the door to the first beer and wine sales at the fair since 1946.