Tulsa State Fair sees 'astounding' increase in attendance from 2019

Tulsa State Fair sees 'astounding' increase in attendance from 2019

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The midway lit up the night in midtown during the 11-day run of the 2021 Tulsa State Fair, which saw 1.18 million people in attendance.

A year with no fair didn’t dampen attendance for the 2021 Tulsa State Fair.

Attendance at the event this year increased by more than 140,000 people, with 1.18 million people attending even with an early close on the last day due to severe weather, fair officials announced Thursday. In 2019, 1.04 million attended. The Tulsa State Fair was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s attendance was the largest the fair has seen in the last five years.

“After a year without the fair, the 2021 Tulsa State Fair faced many challenges as we welcomed back our community’s largest event,” Tulsa County Commissioner Ron Peters said. “We are pleased with the astounding support from Tulsa County, resulting in one of the most successful fairs ever.”

The fair employed 1,019 people this year, up from the 754 people employed in 2019.

Rides, including Mega Ride Passes, grossed $4.2 million; 150 independent concession stands totaled $5.02 million; and Expo Square-serviced concessions accumulated another $1.65 million.

The fair’s popular livestock and animal shows saw 16,363 animal entries, and $450,000 was awarded in scholarships. The fair was the birthplace of 88 baby animals.

“We want to thank each and every person who is part of our team,” said Amanda Blair, chief operating officer of Expo Square and the Tulsa State Fair. “Our committed partners, vendors, concessionaires and the hardworking staff that work year-round to produce your event, our event, the Tulsa State Fair. Collectively we are stronger together, and look forward to building on this year.”

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