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Southern Illinois’ Du Quoin State Fair sees attendance drop

September 22, 2018

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Officials say attendance at the 2018 Du Quoin State Fair in southern Illinois dropped by 8 percent from last year.

Organizers say the 11-day fair attracted about 100,800 before it wrapped up on Labor Day. The attendance decline was about the same as last month’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield that drew about 370,000 people.

The highest-attended day of the Du Quoin fair was Coal Heritage Day on Sept. 1, with a crowd of nearly 15,700.

State Fair manager Luke Sailer says organizers are proud of the fair’s events, particularly those celebrating the Illinois bicentennial.

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