N.C. State Fair sees lowest attendance numbers in 5 years

N.C. State Fair sees lowest attendance numbers in 5 years
Fair attendance drops (Source: Kolby Bass)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The N.C. State Fair recorded declining attendance numbers for the second year in a row and lowest overall attendance since 2014.

A total of 938,029 people attended the fair this year – down from 977,256 in 2018 and 1,014,487 in 2017.

2019 daily attendance numbers:

  • Oct. 17: 42,898
  • Oct. 18: 78,019
  • Oct. 19: 111,438
  • Oct. 20: 68,538
  • Oct. 21: 80,167
  • Oct. 22: 50,653
  • Oct. 23: 82,311
  • Oct. 24: 116,017
  • Oct. 25: 94,491
  • Oct. 26: 136,448
  • Oct. 27: 77,049

In 2018, the fair was closed on its first day due to the threat of Hurricane Michael but went on to set all-time daily attendance records on the final Friday and Sunday.

The 2019 Fair did not set any attendance records.

The Fair recorded three-straight years of more than 1 million visitors starting in 2015 but those numbers have steadily gone down since 2016.

  • 2010: 1,091,887 (All-time record)
  • 2011: 1,009,173
  • 2012: 965,297
  • 2013: 927,563
  • 2014: 929,748
  • 2015: 1,019,732
  • 2016: 1,028,364
  • 2017: 1,014,478
  • 2018: 977,256
  • 2019: 938,029

The 2020 N.C. State Fair is scheduled to run Oct. 15-25.

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