SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say this year's state fair had the highest attendance levels in more than a decade.
The governor's office says Thursday that more than 961,000 people attended the fair during its 11-day run this month.
That's up almost 5 percent from last year and the highest since 2002, when 1.2 million people went through the fair's gates.
Ticket sales for concerts at the fair's Grandstand topped $2 million, up more than 29 percent from last year to a new record. More than 53,000 fans attended concerts at this year's fair. The most popular performance was by country musician Toby Keith.
The fair ended Aug. 18.
St. Louis Public School superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams revised first day attendance for the district.
The number of students actually increased to just over 20,400. That is about 350 more students than reported yesterday and an increase of almost 200 over the first day last year. Adams said the increase was due to students enrolling throughout the day.
The zoo had 3.5 million visitors, which is half-a-million more than 2011 and 400,000 more than the previous record, which was set in 2009. Officials also announced the guest satisfaction rating was 9.4 out of 10--the best the zoo has ever scored.