As expected, the 2012 Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock had a dip in attendance. The numbers was released late yesterday. Only approximately 221,000 people attended the 10-day annual event. This was down from a high of 245,000 attendees in 2011.
There are numerous reasons why the fair did not reach their goal of an increase in attendance. The first is the high price. Most of the fair attendees are from Modesto. Modesto foreclosure rates in the first half of 2012 is the second highest in the nation. In addition, the unemployment rate is nearly at 20%. So many people don’t have jobs and their houses are being foreclosed on. And organizers are just asking too much for a $12 admission.
The fair organizers have tried many things this year to increase their bottom line. This include raising prices and setting up a contest for marriage proposals, which was kind of tacky. However, just in case if you missed it, below are videos from the marriage proposals.