Delaware Public Media

Attendance strong at State Fair despite rainfall

Aug 2, 2018

Persistent rain couldn’t keep the 99th annual Delaware State Fair from breaking one attendance record.

This year’s fair broke its single-day attendance record when more than 48,600 patrons visited the Harrington Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 28th.

That helped push total fair attendance to 291,316 people, despite more than 6 inches of rain spread out over six of the event’s 10 days. That’s a 2% increase from last year.

Assistant General Manager for the fair Danny Aguilar says the weather did pose a challenge but calls this year’s fair a success.

“You can plan the best party out there, but sometimes Mother Nature can have some challenges to throw your way,” says Aguilar.

Aguilar adds with this year’s fair in the books, plans have already begun for next year’s centennial fair.

“We’ve already been working for about the past year and a half,” he said. “We’re working on a commemorative centennial coffee table book that will highlight the amazing activities for the last 100 years. And then, of course, we will have activities and we’re looking to step up our game with the grandstand entertainment.”

The dates for that 100th edition of the Delaware State Fair are set. It will open Thursday, July 18, 2019, and run through Saturday, July 27, 2019.