The York Fair has come and gone again.
Gene Schenck, who should be called Mr. York Fair, said a new attendance record was set this year with 642,363 visitors.
The fair had the “best opening day ever” with 50,718 visitors.
“Nothing beats a change in the weather,” he wrote in a news release.
Last year, the fair saw fewer visitors because of Tropical Storm Lee. The grounds were flooded and muddy, and people stayed away.
This year’s fair saw just one stormy day on Saturday, Sept. 8, when a thunderstorm warning cleared the midways at 1:45 p.m. and it rained on and off through 5 p.m.
Here’s a by-the-numbers look at this year’s fair.
- 642,363: Total attendance
- 88,357: Number of visitors on Sept. 16
- 91,449: The number of visitors on Sept. 15 at the York Fair.
- 500 gallons: The amount of gasoline used to fuel roughly 45 golf carts driven by York Fair workers during this year’s fair.
- Nearly double: The rate of the York Expo Center’s electric bill, which typically runs $30,000 a month and is predicted to cost $50,000 to $60,000 for September due to the fair.
- $10: the cost of a roughly 9-square-inch piece of the Toyota Grandstand wooden stage floor — recently replaced by concrete — on which artists including The Andrew Sisters, Britney Spears, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, Ted Nugent and The Osmonds performed.
- About 600: The number of Toyota Grandstand stage pieces available for sale.
- 52: The number of rides on the fairgrounds.
- 11: The number of miles recorded on a pedometer worn by York Fair President Gene Schenck on a Saturday at a previous York Fair.
- Well over 200: The number of annual events the York Expo Center hosts in addition to the fair.
- 368: the number of pigeons exhibited at the fair.
- 100,000 pounds: The weight of about 50 draft horses that competed Sept. 15 – 16 at the fair. Each horse eats about 10 pounds of grain, a bale of hay and drinks 10 gallons of water a day, said Mike Waugh, R-Shrewsbury Township. Waugh, who emceed the fair’s draft horse contests, and his wife own and show black Percherons.
- 85: The number of acres involved in a clean-up operation at the fairgrounds.
- 6: The number of local teenagers, via the Lincoln Intermediate Unit, that help with the cleanup of the fair.
- 45: The amount of tons of garbage removed from the fair.
- About a week: The time York Expo Center workers have to cleanup after the fair and prepare for the next large event.
– By TERESA MCMINN , for the Daily Record/Sunday News