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      U.P. State Fair a Success

      Sunday concluded another great year for the U.P. State Fair. Despite the cool windy weather, U.P. State Fair officials estimate that gate admissions were only down 1.5% from last yearâ??s record-setting numbers.

      Officials said, with the rainy weather the week started off slow, but the crowds steadily grew each day. On Sunday, there was standing room only for the Armageddon on Wheels demolition derby at the grandstands. Easton Corbin, Joe Diffie and the UPIR stock car races also filled the stands. Vendors reported higher than expected sales and the Jr. Market Livestock Auction sales exceeded $400,000 again.

      Just as the fair wound down Sunday night, the cleanup began, and Mondayâ??s rainy weather did not dampen their efforts.

      â??During cleanup, thereâ??s trucks from Skerbeck that has to pick up their rides,â?? said Flynnâ??s Flowers employee Chandler Husbye. â??Theyâ??re tearing down their stuff. All the vendors are tearing down their stuff and itâ??s kind of like a teamwork process how everyone has to move together.â??

      Fair officials said they are extremely grateful for the tremendous support from all the sponsors and fair goers. They are already looking forward to next yearâ??s festivities starting on August 17.