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Attendance down at South Carolina State Fair

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina State Fair has wrapped up its 12-day run in Columbia.

Officials say attendance for the 142nd annual fair was just over 442,000 people. That's down about 10 percent from last year's attendance of 490,000.

Officials say rain on four of the 12 days hurt attendance. Manager Gary Goodman says an Oct. 13 storm prompted the first use of the fair's evacuation plan. People were herded into permanent buildings before heavy winds hit the fairgrounds.

Officials say it appears the fair made at least $22 million.

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