Tennessee Valley Fair sees decrease in attendance in 2016

The Tennessee Valley Fair is closed for the season and more than 132-thousand people made it through the gates this year.

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee Valley Fair saw more than 132,000 people attend this year’s 10-day event.

The fair wrapped up its 97th year on Sunday.

“Attendance at fairs nationwide is unfortunately down this year.” said Director of Marketing Sarah Carson. “As a non-profit organization, we rely on community support to continue producing our event.”

A total of 151,353 people attended the fair in 2015, according to Carson. Fair organizers are still working to get an official attendance count for this year’s event.

Carson attributed the decrease in this year’s attendance to numerous days with 90-degree temperatures, and concerns over ride safeties following two incidents at other Tennessee fairs. There were no reported safety incidents at this year’s Tennessee Valley Fair.

Sunday’s rain limited the total attendance too, according to Carson.

Carson said the decrease in attendance is not indicative of the quality of the fair.

The fair saw more than 155,000 people in attendance at its peak in 2013.

The largest crowds this year were reported from Sept. 15-17.

Styx attracted the largest concert crowd with more than 5,000 people in attendance. Lauren Daigle, Gary Allan and Kane Brown attracted 4,000 people each.

The 98th Tennessee Valley Fair is scheduled for Sept. 8-17, 2017.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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