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State Fair Of Texas Sells $53.6 Million In Food And Ride Coupons, Setting A Record

Oct 19, 2015

It was a record-breaking State Fair of Texas.

The fair, which wrapped up Sunday, announced it sold $53.6 million in food and ride coupons this year, smashing the $42 million sold last year.

Great weather gets much of the credit – sunny skies keep people going through the fair gates. And certainly some pricey food items must have helped fuel some of the increase.

Mark your calendars: The 2016 fair starts Sept. 30.

State Fair Of Texas: By The Numbers

$53.6 million in coupon sales for food and rides

6,000 seasonal employees

$600 million economic impact

8,900 entries in the state fair’s Creative Arts competitions

1886: the year the fair started

10,722 livestock entries in this year’s fair

5,528 students competed in agricultural shows

$1.5 million in scholarships and prizes raised for students in the annual Youth Livestock Auction

303,298 pounds of food collected from fairgoers to get discounted fair admission

2016: The 2016 fair runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 23.

Source: State Fair of Texas

Note: The fair initially reported Sunday night it had sold $52 million in ride and food coupons; the fair revised the figure to $53.6 million Monday afternoon.