Illinois State Fair sets all-time revenue record

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The 2019 Illinois State Fair generated more revenue than any other year in state history.

State officials estimate this year's Illinois State Fair made $6.5 million.

This total exceeds revenue brought in from last year's state fair by nearly $750,000. It also surpasses the previous record of $6.4 million set in 2013.

“I’ve had more fun at the state fair than almost anything else I’ve done in the past eight months, and I’m proud that so many families enjoyed everything the fair has to offer," says Gov. J.B. Pritzker. "It’s no wonder this fair is one for the history books."

“The success of this year’s Illinois State Fair is a testament to the hard work of our staff, not only during the fair but throughout the whole year,” said John Sullivan, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “After a lot of hard work, Illinoisans have a lot to celebrate.”

It was also a record-setting year at the grandstand with 63,633 tickets sold, which brought in $2.3 million, according to state officials.