State Fair hopes to hit 1 million mark again

Posted October 23, 2011 10:38 a.m. EDT

— The 2011 North Carolina State Fair has already seen the second-biggest crowd in its history and, with good weather and one more day to go, might be able to pass the 1 million mark.

Spokesman Brian Long said that 146,635 fair-goers passed through the gates Saturday, bringing the total attendance to 903,674.

That breaks the State Fair's second-place record for attendance, set at 877,939 in 2009. The all-time record was set at 1,091,887 last year.

To get to the 1 million mark again, the State Fair will have to do a little bit better than average on Sunday, the last day of its 11-day run. Over the past 10 years, the fair has averaged 87,855 visitors on its last Sunday.

Mild, autumnal weather might encourage some people to venture out to the fair.

"It really is going to be a beautiful day to enjoy the last day of the fair," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Nothing but sunshine. We're going to end up with another pretty, pretty day out there."

Sunday will see mostly sunny skies, with a high in upper 60s – perhaps even reaching 70 degrees.