INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Attendance for the 2016 Indiana State Fair was down about 19 percent from last year. Officials say nine days of precipitation and high heat conditions are the likely cause. A total of 731,543 came through the gates during the 17-day run.
“The mission of the Indiana State Fair is to promote agriculture and connect farmers with consumers, and at this Fair we got a glimpse of what a farmer can deal with during a season with less than favorable weather,” said Cindy Hoye, Executive Director, Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. “The challenges this year showed how resilient this team can be at still providing a great Fair for those that did come out, even in the heat and rain.”