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Another Attendance Record?

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The first seven days of the North Dakota State Fair have brought nearly a quarter-million people to the fairgrounds.

State Fair officials say attendance for day seven - Thursday - was 31,771.

That's the second-highest ever for the Fair's Thursday attendance, trailing only 2007.

And it's 45-hundred above last year's number for the seventh day of the fair.

For the first full week of the fair this year, there have been 246,757 people visiting the event.

That's ahead of last year's record pace by more than five thousand people with just two days remaining.

Yesterday's concert featuring Scotty McCreery was well-attended with almost 67-hundred people in the grandstand.

And today figures to be another big one here at the State Fair because country music superstar Toby Keith is on the agenda.

Keith has a long list of top hits to his credit and takes the grandstand stage tonight at 8:00.

Attendance at the North Dakota State Fair has been strong once again this year, as another record year is within reach.

This year's strength really continues a steady surge that has stretched over the last decade-plus for attendance.

Here's a look at the numbers...

2000 had just over 200-thousand people attend, but from that year there has been a steady increase almost every year.

In fact the only year where a drop was observed was from 2007 to 2008.

So, why the climb?

Is a boom in the economy in the state playing a role in more people visiting the state fair?

Perhaps...

(Renae Korslien - NDSF Manager) "There is more people in our area and that is obviously number one. There are a lot of people who are making pretty good money right now in many different areas and we believe with the big entertainment that we bring in helps a lot and the quality of the free stages that we bring in."

Korslien is hopeful that tonight's Toby Keith concert will produce another big gate on par with Tim McGraw earlier in the fair -- putting 2013 within reach of another record year.

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