Attendance numbers for the 2016 Kansas State Fair are in, and they’re good. Despite rainy weather that dampened several days of the 10-day fair, gate attendance reached 359,808. That’s the third highest in the fair’s 104-year history. The fair took place September 9-18 in Hutchinson. 2015 was a record-breaking year for fair attendance with numbers at 369,322, beating the previous record set in 1995 at 361,647. Those years celebrated near-perfect weather throughout. The Fair welcomed new schools and students with an increased focus on education components. The increase in 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors and the birth of multiple sets of twin calves also helped entice the crowds.