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Fri August 16, 2013

Mo. State Fair attendance appears unaffected by rodeo clown incident

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Attendance figures appear to be on the rise as the 2013 Missouri State Fair heads into its final weekend. 

Spokeswoman Tammie Nichols says this year’s cooler temperatures may be drawing more people to the fairgrounds in Sedalia.

“It appears that we are tracking higher than we were at this time last year." Nichols said. "If the weather holds and continues to be beautiful with the mild temperatures, we anticipate coming in with really strong numbers.”

Nichols says last year’s heat wave broke before the start of the Fair, but that it was still very warm compared to this year.  More than 350,000 people attended the fair in 2012.  Nichols also says as best as they can tell, last Saturday's rodeo clown incident has had no effect on attendance, either good or bad.