Despite great weather, Illinois' State Fair, which fell later in August than usual, saw a huge decline in attendance.
At the state fair's kickoff earlier this month, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced his love of the event.
"I hope everybody in Springfield, everybody around the state, come on out," he said just before the fair's opening parade.
Instead, figures show attendance fell by half. The state says 411,500 people went through the fair's gates, versus the 847,000 who showed up last year.