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Overall attendance is down, but the Central Washington State fair is still a success

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YAKIMA, Wash.- More than 290,000 people attended the Central Washington State Fair but the overall numbers are still down two percent from last year.

Vendors are busy tearing down, packing up and driving back home. For people working at Candy Nation, that means California, but not for a couple a days.

"Tear down is going to take approximately 3 days so in total it took about 3 weeks for us to get here beginning to end," said Perrie Carlson from the Candy Nation exhibit.

With 60 vendors, dozens of rides and hundreds of thousands of families, putting on the Central Washington State Fair takes work, but for most people it is worth it.

"We believe that everyone who entered the gate actually came through the exhibit so it was extremely busy every day," said Carlson.

Still, fair attendance is down two percent, nearly 5,000 people less than last year. Director Greg Stewart says the fire at the log mill and the power outage were the

"Then Monday we had smoke from controlled burning, Tuesday it was cold on Saturday and then yesterday there were high winds and rain," said Director Greg Stewart.  

Either way, Stewart says he was happy with this year's turnout and already planning for next year's fair.

"Our motto here is to stay relevant with presentation so we try to bring things and think about things that make us a different fair each year," said Stewart.

Central Washington's fair next year will be from September 24th through October 3rd of 2010.