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Daily Update of the ACS at the State Fair

The ACS tent at the Fair is located in the Conservation World section of the Fair.  

This year, 2017, was off to a good start, when compared with 2016, though lagging behind most other recent years.  After some rain the day or two before the Fair opened, the weather has been beautiful for the first few days of the Fair.  Mid week, the weather turned hot and muggy, and attendance dropped significantly.  We are roughly in the same location as last year, and we are coming to realize that our location, with the tent some 80 feet off the path, is hurting our attendance; Fair attendees are walking past without noticing us, or opting not to walk down the short hill to our tent.


The demonstrations and hands-on experiments have proved to be very popular, and we continue to add new experiments in both categories each year.  Our expanded hands-on area makes it easier to accomodate the large number of kids who consider this their favorite attraction in our tent.  We handed out packets of information and educational resources to all teachers that came to our tent and identify themselves.  We have a new design the last two years for the very popular bags we hand out to our visitors. 

Because many of our volunteers were in Washington DC for a national chemistry meeting, and others had headed south the last day to be in position to view the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse, we were given permission to close our tent a day early, hence we have no visitor data for the last Sunday.

Check out the photos from:   2004,   2005,   2006,   2007,   2008,   2009,   2010,   2011,   2012,   2013,   2014,   2015   2016

Here is the daily tally of the number of visitors to our booth for each year.

Year:  
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Friday

  763

1,051

 1,340

   990

1,193

1,515

   938

1,183 1,194 1,695 1,741 1,407 323* 917
Saturday
1,557 1,453 2,255 2,155

1,817

1,706 1,306 1,363+ 1,573 2,095 3,085 2,883 1,491 1,694
Sunday
1,073 1,083 1,145 1,000 1,810 1,019*

1,337

1,481 1,636 2,085 3,888 2,828 1,257 1,426
Monday
1,076 1,558 1,090    916 1,455   567* 1,260 1,346 1,296 1,449 2,314 1,471 183 977
Tuesday
  728 1,485 1,456    640 1,275 1,006 1,122 974 1,109 1,314 1,548 842*

513

727
Wednesday
  497 1,169 1,342    540 1,202   376** 1,037 970 1,173 1,392 1,794 1,034

513

306
Thursday
  348   844   954    566 1,243   920    770 779 580+ 1,061 1,691 1,253 254 280
Friday
  281   721   847 1,450 1,346 1,232    853 828 1,100 1,239 1,910 1,132 327 532
Saturday
  759 1,271 1,522 1,897 2,033 1,834 1,674 1,208 1,990 1,950 1,254 2,523 1,054 1,079
Sunday
  692 1,208 1,265

  815

1,252 1,504 1,162 1,157 1,687 1,622 1,403 1,746

1,016

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TOTAL VISITORS
BY YEAR
7,777 11,843 13,216 10,969 14,626 11,750 11,459 11,289 13,338 15,902 20,628 17,119 6,931 7,938

*   Extensive storms caused Conservation World to close early.
** Tornados in the area and high winds caused extensive damage to nearby tents and a mid-afternoon closing of Conservation World.
+   Storms caused Conservation World to close for a while, then storms passed and we re-opened.
    In 2012 we moved from our dirt-floor tent to the concrete slab in the south end of the "Discovery Tent", right next door to our previous location.

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