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State Fair Attendance Dips

Attendance at this year's Kentucky State Fair was down by about three thousand from last year.Spokeperson Vicki Glass says just over 586,000 people visited the fair during its eleven-day run."People that were looking ahead and planning ahead probably got discouraged by gas prices and the economy.   Those people being concert-goers, exhibitors at the fair and school field trips,"  Glass said.Glass says while there was a attendance decline among those groups--many of them from out of town--the fair did see an increase in-full price gate admissions over 2007.She adds that this year's relatively mild weather likely helped attract more senior citizens to the fair.   Their numbers increased by more than two-thousand. 

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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