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updated: 8/19/2013 7:01 AM

Illinois State Fair attendance up, figures show

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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Preliminary figures show attendance was up slightly at this year's Illinois State Fair.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that nearly 854,000 people attended the fair through Saturday. That's up nearly 3 percent from last year.

Through Saturday, almost 53,000 people attended concerts at the fair's grandstands -- up about 2 percent.

Officials credit the nice weather for boosting figures.

The fair began Aug. 8 and ended Sunday. Final figures haven't been released yet.

Concerts included performances by Ke$ha (KEH'-shuh), Toby Keith and Journey.

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