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.