Study: UP state fair gets a blue ribbon for economic impact

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ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) Attendance at the Upper Peninsula State Fair was up 6 percent last summer over the previous year.

The statistic is one of many in a report from Michigan State University about the fair's economic impact. The report says the fair attracted 92,000 people over seven days in Escanaba in August, a record.

The report says visitors spent $550,000 on admission tickets and other fair attractions. The study estimates that state fair-related spending at area hotels, stores and restaurants exceeded $5 million. The livestock exhibitors collected $444,000.

Vickie Micheau, executive director at the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, says "great weather" was a big factor. The 2019 U.P. State Fair starts Aug. 12.