Final day of the San Diego County Fair brings attendance close to record

DEL MAR, Calif. - Closing day for the San Diego County Fair took place Thursday on the Fourth of July.

For the past few weeks, the fair delivered on its "Game On" promise and attracted well over a million people. But some decided to go on the last day of the fair on the Fourth of July.

"I think the Fourth is the best time to come," said one attendee.

Closing day was also a final rally for vendors, many say business was off in 2013.

"I know that there's a lot of businesses that are not doing as well," said Lori Southerlend, with Tasti Chips and Onion Rings.

Southerlend has been selling food at the fair for 40 years and she says crowds have been smaller. Attendance in 2012 was a record-breaking 1.5 million people.

"A little bit down, just business-wise for us," she said.

San Diego's weather did not help.

"We had such terrible, overcast weather," she said. "What did we have? One week of June Gloom. When it gets like that, you don't really want to eat."

Fair officials said that overall attendance in 2013 was at 1.43 million -- the second highest in the fair's history, but short of last year's record.

The San Diego County Fair is considered to be one of the biggest in the world.

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