If Orange County Fair attendance continues on pace this weekend, more people would have visited the fair by Saturday's closing than ever before with today's visitors just piling on the record, fair president and CEO Steve Beazley said.
The fair had 1,048,600 visitors by Friday's closing, not far from the all-time record of 1.09 million with Saturday and today to go. The weekday attendance record was also broken this year, with 55,000 people visiting the fair on July 28, a Wednesday.
Beazley credited the weather, which has been friend and foe in the past.
"We can't deny that the weather has just been terrific," he said. "This has been one of the best weather patterns I can ever remember."
After reaching 1 million visitors for the first time in 2005, fair attendance in 2006 dropped because extreme summer heat kept folks out of the sun, Beazley reasoned. The very next year, 1,090,653 people visited the fair, setting the record.