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Del. State Fair Organizers Hope Better Weather and Lineup Will Mean Solid Attendance in 2014

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HARRINGTON, Del. (WBOC)- Thursday was a beautiful day in Harrington for the first day of the Delaware State Fair. Organizers are hopeful things will stay that way. Weather can play a huge role in the event's overall attendance numbers.

Stan Borlie was out early spending time with his grandkids. "We're new to Delaware," he said. "This is our first state fair here in Delaware. We're enjoying it immensely. It's great, a great show."Borlie, his wife and grandkids make up four of about 35,000 to 40,000 people fair officials hope to see out on a normal day.

But last year just 230,000 people total showed up total across the 10-day event. That was down from 260,000 people in 2012.

Organizers pointed to two reason for 2013's low number - two things they expect will be different this year.
First, they believe the performer lineup is stronger this year than last year.

"Bringing in acts like Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert, Train - we have these big, national acts," said Chelsea Warren, with the fair.
Second, Delmarva was in the middle of a heat wave during the start of last year's fair.

"That's really going to have an impact," Warren said. "The heat wave last year kept a lot of people at home. It was just too hot. This year we think it will be a better turnout. There are a lot of new things to see and do. With the good weather, it makes a big difference."
Don Steenhagen was out at the fair last year and is already noticing that difference this year.

"Yeah, this is nice. But next week it could be gone," he said.


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