With huge Saturday attendance, 2022 Iowa State Fair crowd has already topped 1 million

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The 2022 Iowa State Fair attendance on Day 10 was nearly 130,000 people.

Saturday saw 128,298 fairgoers through the gates, more than 10,000 more than the same day last year and setting a record for single day attendance.

Attendance to the 2022 fair has already topped 1 million, coming in at 1,016,917 with one day to go.

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The fair first topped 1 million visitors in 2002, with 1,008,174 fairgoers, and has surpassed the mark each year since except for 2010 when 967,381 went through the gates. The all-time attendance record of 1,170,375 was set in 2019; that figure broke the previous record of 1,130,260, a mark set in 2018.

The 2020 fair was canceled due to COVID-19. In its return in 2021 it drew 1,094,480 people, about 6.5% less than 2019's record but still the seventh-largest figure in the fair's history.

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Here's how 2022 attendance compares to 2021

Day: 2022 (2021)

Thursday: 82,862 (77,700)

Friday: 103,556 (104,177)

Saturday: 113,012 (111,603)

Sunday: 110,661 (107,410)

Monday: 87,599 (95,621)

Tuesday: 99,965 (90,688)

Wednesday: 97,901 (91,510)

Thursday: 99,715 (96,064)

Friday: 93,348 (101,952)

Saturday: 128,298 (117,764)

Sunday: TBD (99,991)

Total: TBD (1,094,480)

Daily attendance records

  • First Thursday: 101,262 in 2008

  • First Friday: 115,703 in 2001

  • First Saturday: 127,277 in 1991

  • First Sunday: 112,396 in 2017

  • Monday: 105,522 in 2017

  • Tuesday: 102,953 in 2019

  • Wednesday: 109,323 in 2019

  • Second Thursday: 107,449 in 2015

  • Second Friday: 112,891 in 2019

  • Second Saturday: 120,616 in 2017

  • Second Sunday: 119,754 in 2012

Attendance figures for last 10 Iowa State Fairs

  • 2021: 1,094,480

  • 2020: Canceled due to COVID-19

  • 2019: 1,170,375

  • 2018: 1,130,260

  • 2017: 1,130,071

  • 2016: 1,031,278

  • 2015: 1,117,398

  • 2014: 1,015,902

  • 2013: 1,047,246

  • 2012: 1,097,142

  • 2011: 1,080,959

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  • 2019: 1,170,375

  • 2018: 1,130,260

  • 2017: 1,130,071

  • 2015: 1,117,398

  • 2008: 1,109,150

  • 2012: 1,097,142

  • 2021: 1,094,480

  • 2011: 1,080,959

  • 2004: 1,053,978

  • 2013: 1,047,246

  • 2016: 1,031,278

  • 2014: 1,015,902

  • 2006: 1,013,557

  • 2003: 1,012,309

  • 2002: 1,008,174

  • 2009: 1,006,501

  • 2005: 1,005,238

  • 2007: 1,003,210

  • 2001: 985,780

  • 2000: 978,841

Source: Iowa State Fair

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