(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois State Fair manager says past attendance numbers were inflated. Recent reports said that this year, there were fewer than half of fairgoers compared to previous years. Manager Patrick Buchen recently announced that over the past decade there has been a steady attendance of about 400-thousand people, but refused to accuse former employees of cheating on their numbers. Buchen also manages the Du Quoin State Fair which starts Friday and runs through Labor Day weekend.
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