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11:05 am
Mon October 18, 2010

Despite Recession, A Record-Breaking Texas State Fair

Texas – It was a record year for the State Fair of Texas.

Fair officials say fairgoers spent $37 million on food and amusement rides during the run of the fair, which started Sept. 24 and ended Sunday.

That beats the previous record of $29.2 million spent in 2007.

Sue Gooding, a fair spokeswoman, tells The Dallas Morning News, "We've just had incredibly beautiful weather. We had great exhibits, and all the interest in the food was just huge."

Food choices included the new Texas Fried Frito Pie and many other fried items. And new attractions included a tribute to Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, which gave visitors an opportunity to view championship rings, game balls, trophies and rare family photos.

Officials did not have attendance figures

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.