The Big Fresno Fair had record-setting numbers this year -- with crowds in excess of 600,000 people, which hasn't happened since 1992, fair officials said.
The 130th anniversary year drew in about 641,350 people over 13 days -- an increase of about 11% from last year's fair.
The upward trend also applied to events like wagering on live horse racing at the fair, officials said, and a "strong and diverse" concert line-up resulted in four sold-out shows.
Concessions were also up by about 13% from last year.
New fair attractions this year included a reptile house, dinosaur exhibit, sea lions, a new rollercoaster and a 100-foot-tall "Vertigo" ride.
At this year's fair, Victor Quintos from Central East High School won a new Toyota Corolla for scholastic achievement. Of all students who entered into the drawing, his GPA was the highest at 4.208.
During the The Big Band Review, 24 junior high and high school marching bands won $13,500. Top prizes went to Clark Intermediate School, receiving $1,500, and Washington Union High School, receiving $2,000.
Planning is already underway for the 2014 fair, which will run October 1-13.
John C. Alkire, chief executive officer of The Big Fresno Fair, credited the fair's attractions, entertainment, discounts, community service programs and customer service for this year's success.
"All of that paid off and the community turned out in crowds to support us," Alkire said. "We thank them for that unwavering support!"
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