Attendance for the 2012 Red River Valley Fair was down slightly from the prior year, accordingly to figures released Monday. The good news is the numbers compare a six day run versus nine days in 2011.
Visitors to the Fair this year have been estimated at 105,000 compared to the 112,000 people recorded last year.
However, ride passes were slightly higher than 2011 with a little over 4,300 Mega Ride Passes. Daily ride passes were 8,600, approximately 600 less than in 2011.
General Manager Bryan Schulz said "We are extremely pleased with the attendance and ticket sales for 2012. With three less days than in 2011, we were hoping for the same amount of attendance and sales. But this is spot on with our projections. We are very happy with the numbers".
Grandstand attendance for the week was increased over 2011 with the overall estimate of 51,000 people. "Our grandstand shows are free with gate admission and it shows that the audience approves of the pay-one-price concept. Kip Moore and the Eli Young Band drew an estimated 12,500 people on July 11. Jerrod Niemann and Chevelle each had an estimate of 10,000." stated Schulz.
"No rain, top notch carnival rides and popular entertainers was certainly a factor in our attendance," he added. "The high heat index did lower our weekend attendance, but overall the Red River Valley Fair and the Murphy Brothers Exposition are happy with the results."
The 2013 Red River Valley Fair dates will continue the six-day trend set for July 9-14. For more information visit redrivervalleyfair.com.