YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Attendance at the York State Fair dropped 34% compared to 2021 after seeing over 352,000 visitors over 10 days.
Fair officials say weather and the cancelation of multiple concerts are to blame for the decrease. Temperatures during the fair hit the high 90s during a heat wave and concerts featuring Toby Keith and the Steve Miller band were also canceled.
“The primary reason for the drop in attendance is weather related,” said Fair CEO Bryan Blair. “With four days of excessive heat/humidity and three rainy days we fought the weather right from the start,” he added.
According to numbers from fair officials, attendance was the fair’s lowest in over a decade. In 2012 the fair saw 642,363 visitors with a previous low of 450,000 in 2018. The fair was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19.
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Entries at the 2022 York State Fair were strong, according to Blair. “We are still tabulating all of those totals, but we had another strong year in the Livestock category, and it appeared that Horticulture Hall and Old Main entries were up as well,” said Blair.
Fair officials say they did not have a single major safety or emergency incident during the event.
The 2023 York State Fair which will be held from July 21 thru July 30.
“The next couple of days will be spent wrapping up the 2022 Fair and getting the Expo Center grounds back in order and by the end of the week we will shift our focus to planning the 2023 Fair,” said Blair.
2023 will mark the 258th year of America’s First Fair, The York State Fair.
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