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Fair Boasts Tight Security, Explains Low Attendance

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- As of Friday, the fair had 25,000 less visitors than in the same period last year. A little more sunshine might have changed all of that but regardless organizers and fair-goers alike say the fair was a success.

The fair comes to a close Sunday. Through Friday attendance dropped 11% compared to last year's fair. Organizers blame uncontrollable circumstances for the low turn out.

"Unfortunately we've had basically ten days of kind of inclement weather and that's affected our attendance," Fair Spokesman Rob Phillips said.

The Fair has had some trouble getting people in the door, but once inside they've been perfectly safe.

"Security has been outstanding," Phillips said. "We get reports every morning in our staff meeting and there has been absolutely no issues or problems."

"We get a lot of kids who like to spit off the sundollas so that's our biggest issue we've had all week," Director of Operations Randy Scott said.

The public has noticed the strong security.

"Security is very friendly," Juana Valencia said. "They're just like doing their job and we appreciate them for that."

And safety did not come at the expense of fun.

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