Picture-perfect weather played a key role in pushing the State Fair of Texas into the record books this year. While fair officials didn’t have attendance figures, they said fairgoers spent a record $37 million on food and amusement rides.
That tops the previous record of $29.2 million spent in 2007 on midway attractions, cotton candy, corny dogs, fried foods, and other Fair Park confections that prompted fair patrons to loosen their wallets.
The fair, which started Sept. 24, ended Sunday when temperatures reached a high of 81 degrees.
“We’ve just had incredibly beautiful weather,” said Sue Gooding, a fair spokeswoman. “We had great exhibits, and all the interest in the food was just huge.
“We’ve had worldwide interest in our Big Tex Choice Awards held every Labor Day.”
Food sales, pushed by the new Texas Fried Frito Pie and other deep-fried temptations, produced a single-day sales record of $3.6 million on Oct. 2.
A single-day record was also set on Columbus Day, Oct. 11, when thrill-seekers spent $1 million on midway rides.