A weekend of warm temperatures and mostly sunny days help the attendance at 2012 Northern Wisconsin State Fair increase over last year.
Attendance was up 19.5 percent, at 70,956 fairgoers, through the weekend of July 11-15.
"Weather is the largest factor affecting fair attendance and we were fortunate to have moderate temperatures and only one evening of rain,” said Rusty Volk, executive director of the fair.
Along good weather, the fair also featured quality stage acts and exhibits for families, Volk said.
Sales at the meat auction were up considerably from the previous year as well. This year, 82 total beef, swine and sheep were sold for $133,870.70, up 49 percent from last year and the largest sale yet for the fair. In its 13-year run, the animal auction has generated $1,019,137.17 in sales.
Exhibitors at the fair also increased 12 percent this year, with 1,653 exhibitors showing 10,215 items. Local exhibitors received $23,647.25 of the $59,900.75 in premiums paid.
Midway sales were up 19 percent from 2011, and food and merchandise vendors increased sales by 32.5 percent as well.