Hampered by heat and humidity, attendance at the 2016 York Fair fell off by a little more than 3 percent from last year, organizers said as the fair came to a close Sunday.
Total attendance for the 10-day event at the Carlisle Avenue fairgrounds was 555,252, fair spokesman Gene Schenck said.
This year’s fair was “a great fair,” but 2015 “was a hard act to follow, because it was our 250th anniversary, with many special events and extra hoopla,” Schenck said in an email late Sunday night.
And while last year’s fair also featured cool, comfortable weather during its run, this year’s event began with oppressive heat and humidity, and had some rainy forecasts that hampered attendance, Schenck noted.
But there were many attendance highlights, he noted, such as 2016’s single-day best crowd of 86,364 for “Salute to Our Heroes Day.” The salute took place on Sunday, Sept. 11 the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Attendance hit 75,523 for the popular band Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Final-day attendance on Sunday – which was “$20 Carload Day,” marking the total price for admission for everyone in the vehicle, plus fairgrounds parking – was 51,939, Schenck added.
Billed as “America’s First Fair,” the York Fair began in 1765.