Spokane County fair attendance
October 30, 2011
This is in 2004:
But fair attendance has been going down for years. This year, it was less than half what it was in 1989.
- 2009 down 6% from 2008. Blamed on a criminally insane killer who escaped when taken to the fair by Eastern State Hospital.
- 2010. Down 14 percent from 2009, blamed on the weather.
- 2011. The Fair and the news did not publish an attendance figure for 2011.
This is after about $12 million in improvements were added to the Fairgrounds as part of the Convention Center expansion a few years earlier.
Too bad. The Fair is fun. Much of the decline is likely due to people less interested in traditional, agriculture-themed fair experiences and more alternatives for recreational activities today.
Update January 2013: Here’s a chart found on the EWU web site that includes Fair attendance and confirms the declining attendance.