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Indy State Fair crowds bounce back to 65K-plus

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Headcounters with the Indiana State Fair say nice weather and free-ticket coupons has given attendance an encouraging boost.

Fair officials say 65,211 people came to the fair on Wednesday, the sixth day of the 17-day event. That was more than double Tuesday’s attendance of 30,881, a near-50 percent decline from Monday’s 60,618.

Officials blamed Tuesday’s drop on an early start for central Indiana schools, many of which began classes Tuesday and Wednesday. But they say the free-ticket coupons good for Wednesday and Thursday, coupled with temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s most of Thursday, attracted bigger crowds perhaps enticed by delicacies including chocolate-covered bacon.

Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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