WRAL.com at the State Fair

How's the million coming?

Posted October 20, 2011 7:12 a.m. EDT
Updated October 20, 2011 7:13 a.m. EDT

Several days of the Fair have gone by and it's a good time to take a look at the attendance and see if Steve Troxler is going to get his million. You can watch the attendance at the NC State Fair's Web site: http://www.ncstatefair.org/2011/about/attendance.htm .

The weather has been great except for yesterday (hope everybody in Cumberland County is all right!) and it shows in the numbers (which are currently available through Monday.) Though there have been no records set yet, That's no surprise; last year set records that will take extraordinary circumstances to beat. What is a surprise -- at least to me -- is how closely this year's numbers are trending against last year's. There's no big dropoff or shift.

Of course, we have several days to go. Yesterday's attendance was hurt because of the rain, I'm sure. And last year, the last weekend of the Fair (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) brought in a staggering 367,287 people. So not only does the attendance have to keep close to last year, the momentum of last year's last weekend has to be copied as well.

Will that happen? The weather's cooperating. I guess we'll know in about five days!