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Fair attendance drops

Attendance at the 2004 Nevada County Fair declined 4.6 percent during its five-day run that ended Sunday, a drop fair officials attribute to hot weather and a shrinking population of children.

Ed Scofield, CEO of the fairgrounds, said Wednesday that 2004 attendance totaled 103,663, down from 108,672 in 2003.

Temperatures averaged 96 during the first four days of the fair, about 8 degrees above normal, and Scofield said that was a factor in lower attendance. “It just kills us when it gets hot like that,” he said.

Scofield noted that attendance of children declined from 10,503 in 2003 to 9,720 this year. “We know the number of children is declining, and that has an impact,” he said.

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