SEDALIA — Missouri State Fair officials say attendance at this year's event was up 8 percent over last year's fair.
Final figures released Tuesday show 337,851 people attended the 11-day fair this year, about 27,000 more than in 2008.
Fair director Mark Wolfe said cooler weather and reasonable costs helped contribute to the increase in attendance.
Opening day was the most well-attended day, with nearly 55,600 fairgoers taking advantage of dollar admission and specials.
The second year of a recycling program on the fairgrounds also was successful. During a pilot program last year, less than 1,000 pounds of plastic and aluminum were recycled. This year, an expanded program brought in more than 18,000 pounds of recyclables.