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Yakima fair attendance up this year

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Central Washington State Fair leaders credit great weather for helping to make a fantastic fair finish.

Leaders say nearly 88,000 people came to the fair during the final weekend.

More than 312,000 people attended this year's fair, themed "Get Happy", which leaders say is up from last year's attendance numbers of just under 300,000 people.

The great weather, rides, entertainment, exhibits and the 60-some food vendors made this year's fair a success.

Fair leaders say last year's attendance was hampered on the opening Saturday by a power outage caused by the old Boise Cascade mill site fire.

The Fair brought in entertainment acts like The Guess Who, comedian Bill Engvall, country singer Clay Walker, Bucky Covington, and Collective Soul.

A another big draw this year was the "Get Animated" exhibit in the Pioneer Hall building.

The Fair also took in two days of Pro West Finals rodeo at the Grandstand, and the Impact Directories Demolition Derby on the final Sunday.

Greg Stewart, general manager for Central Washington State Fair, says they're already getting prepared for next year's event. The fair is scheduled to run again from September 23 through October 2.