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State Fair closes for year, attendance down

Attendance is down this year at the Ohio State Fair, after a fatal ride accident on the first day. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Ohio State Fair closes to the public Sunday night.

Families walked the midway and visited the Natural Resources Park as soon as doors opened at 9 a.m.

“You are just cautious every year,” said fairgoer Linda Hollobaugh, “but you know hopefully they are even more safe right now, because they are checking (on the rides) more. It does weigh on you, but they still want to do things.”

Fair attendance numbers have been down following the tragedy on the Fireball ride on opening day when one young man died and seven others were injured.

All rides but the Fireball re-opened following another round of inspections.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said they have seen crowds of people this year at the Natural Resources Park.

“We are not seeing a huge drop,” said Jason Fallon with ODNR, “they are still coming in droves back here, they are still having a great time.”

Some vendors on the midway said profits are down following the tragedy.

“Everyone is kind of uniting is what I am understanding,” said face paint vender David Diamond. “People are still coming to the fair to experience it, even though it was so tragic what happened.”

Doors officially close at 7 p.m.

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