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Wisconsin State Fair closes after apparent successful 2013

WEST ALLIS, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin State Fair ended Sunday night in West Allis – and it appears to be one of the most successful in its 160-year history.

The 11-day expo had a tough act to follow, after attracting 921,000 people last year – the most in well over a decade.

It’ll be a few days before we know the final attendance numbers, but organizers say the just-completed fair appears to have drawn almost a million people.

Mild weather helped, as last week’s heavy storms stayed to the north.

Large crowds showed up for Sunday’s final day, despite a threat of rain. Country star Miranda Lambert was the final major act.

There are a couple of big indicators that this year’s State Fair was more successful than the last. Total receipts for the Governor’s Red, White, and Blue Ribbon animal sale were almost 9 percent higher.

Also, the Wisconsin Bakers Association said last Thursday it was on track to sell over 400,000 of its signature cream puffs for the only second time since 1924.