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San Diego County Fair brought out another huge crowd this year

San Diego County Fair brought out another huge crowd this year

Nearly 1.6 million people flocked to the San Diego County Fair this summer — just shy of the all-time record set last year but still the best back-to-back performance the fair has seen in its 137-year history.

First held in 1880 before settling into its permanent Del Mar digs in the 1930s, the fair is California’s largest — and one of the five biggest in North America. This year’s rendition welcomed 1,565,933 visitors in the 26 days between its June 2 kick-off and its fiery July 4 finale. That’s slightly less than the all-time high of 1,609,481 set last year. Before that, the busiest fair had been in 2012, when the turnstiles clicked 1,517,508 times.

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