Fair at­tributes at­ten­dance boost to later school start

Baltimore Sun - - HARVEY’S AFTERMATH - —Car­rie Wells

Maryland State Fair of­fi­cials at­trib­uted a 20 per­cent boost in at­ten­dance at this year’s event to the switch to start­ing schools af­ter La­bor Day. The fair had 555,841 guests and ex­hibitors over the 12 days of the event, the third-best at­ten­dance on record. The most guests at­tended in 1990, with 618,998, and the sec­ond-most in 2015, with 561,426. Fair of­fi­cials blamed school start­ing in midAu­gust on hurt­ing at­ten­dance “over sev­eral decades.” “The re­turn of schools af­ter La­bor Day not only in­creases our at­ten­dance, but re­duces the stress on our 4-H/ FFA and Open Class live­stock ex­hibitors, staff, and lead­er­ship who had to jug­gle sched­ules to par­tic­i­pate in the fair,” Maryland State Fair As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager Becky Bras­hear said in a state­ment. Gov. Larry Ho­gan or­dered schools to start af­ter La­bor Day, a change that went into ef­fect this year. The 2018 Maryland State Fair is set for Aug. 23 through Sept. 3.

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