HURON, S.D. — South Dakota State Fair organizers say attendance at this year’s five-day event was up slightly from last year and was the highest since 1996 when the fair was seven days.

Fair manager Peggy Besch says nearly 212,000 people visited this year, with nearly 2,000 campers. Besch says a solid grandstand lineup and an increased number of campers helped fuel attendance.

Sales of grandstand shows increased 20 percent, Carnival sales were up nearly 5 percent and revenue overall increased by about $200,000.

Fair organizers say youth participation, 4-H exhibits and Future Farmers of America entries also increased slightly.

Next year’s fair is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 3.

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