The 26th annual Cajun Heartland State Fair came to a close following an eleven day run. Although there were some heavy rains throughout the day, people still showed up.
Heidi Champagne, Marketing Director for the Cajundome, said the fair actually broke a record this year. "Our opening weekend set records, positive records. We were very excited about the opening weekend. We couldn't have asked for a better opening," said Champagne. Champagne said Memorial Day brought the biggest crowd organizers had ever seen at the Cajun Heartland State Fair. According to Champagne, the absence of performances didn't affect fair attendance.
"According to the numbers not having the grandstand did not affect us negatively. We set records on our rides and parking the first weekend and we were over the moon," said Champagne. Champagne said although the first weekend was a success, following Tuesday's flood waters and the rain throughout the week organizers did see attendance numbers decline.
"We had a hard time keeping the rides going that night. It just kept raining on and off. Then with just the rain we haven't been able to pick back up the speed. Every day it's just been raining and it's just won't stop," said Champagne.
The rain kept many away, but those who did attend such as Anne Broussard, said what keeps her coming back each year is everything the fair has to offer. "The food, the fun, and the people I meet," said Broussard. Darlene Duhon says the Cajun Heartland State Fair just continues to exceed expectations.
"Better and better every year," said Duhon. Champagne said although organizers know attendance numbers did not exceed their usual goal of almost a 150,000, an exact number will not be available until about early July.
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