After year off, people flock to UP State Fair, set records
ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Who doesn’t like a corn dog?
Attendance at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba was up 3% to nearly 100,000 people, with records set on four of the seven days, The Daily Press reported.
The mid-August fair was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19. Organizers attributed the good turnout to dry weather and a desire to again enjoy a summer tradition.
Skerbeck Entertainment Group, which supplies the rides, said unlimited ride passes were sold out two weeks earlier than usual.
“It was a leading indicator to me that a lot of people had interest in coming out and enjoying themselves at the fair,” Sonja Skerbeck said.
Livestock auctions raised more than $491,000 for young exhibitors.
Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, praised volunteers for getting the grounds ready.
“We have a lot of dreams of what we can do to draw even more people and keep growing the whole event,” said Ed McBroom, chairman of the U.P. State Fair Authority.