Attendance dips at this year's Northwest Washington Fair

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 22, 2013 

LYNDEN - More than 196,000 people flocked to the Northwest Washington Fair this year to see farm animals, take a spin on carnival rides and indulge in fried fair foods.

The fair, which ran from Aug. 12 to 17 at the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, drew 196,641 people.

Attendance was down by about 7,000 from 2012 numbers, which were down about 15,000 from the year before that. Fair manager Jim Baron said that attendance numbers usually have hovered around 200,000 over the past 10 years, and that he's satisfied with how many people came this year.

Rain that fell Wednesday afternoon, right around the time people show up for the fair, might have dipped attendance slightly. Aside from that, though, Baron said the fair was problem free.

"I think this year we were firing on all cylinders," Baron said. "It was a great fair."

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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