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      U.P. State Fair numbers are in

      The U.P. State Fair authority will soon begin preparations for next year's fair, and they have high hopes since this year's fair was such a success.

      Official numbers are now in. During fair week, 58,000 guests walked through the gates.

      That means paid gate attendance was up 18 percent over last year, and the 2010 fair's budget is in the black.

      Total cost of this year's fair operation was under $800,000, which is about $110,000 less than proposed.

      Next year's fair is scheduled for August 15 through 21.

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