The North Dakota State Fair fell just short of setting an all-time attendance record.
Officials say the nine-day event drew 318,348 people, the second-highest total in the 53 years of the fair. The record was set in 2013, when 320,486 people went through the gates.

The North Dakota State Fair fell just short of setting an all-time attendance record.

Officials say the nine-day event drew 318,348 people, the second-highest total in the 53 years of the fair. The record was set in 2013, when 320,486 people went through the gates.

This year's fair also had the second-highest one-day total on record, when 51,972 people showed up on Saturday.

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Event manager Renae Korslein attributed the high numbers to good weather and the quality of free stage entertainment.