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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.  

In 2016 we have had a number of issues bringing our attendance numbers down.  First, DNR management decided that each of their units should have a presence at in Conservation World during the Fair, so we were forced to vacate our previous choice location.  This year we were located across from our location last year, quite a distance from the walk and down a hill.  As a result, many Fair visitors didn't even notice us, and if they did, some were reluctant to veer off the path long enough to check us out.  Second, Springfield was hit by huge rains Friday night and again all day Monday, causing standing water and muddy conditions around the Fair and in front of our tent.  We added mulch in and around the tent as it became available.  By Wednesday we were dry and in good shap.  And finally, overall Fair attendance appears to be down significantly, though numbers won't be released until after the Fair is over.  A rough year at the Fair.   We have been working with Fair management to find a new location for our tent for next year.


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 this year for the very popular bags we hand out to our visitors. 

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

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
Friday

  763

1,051

 1,340

   990

1,193

1,515

   938

1,183 1,194 1,695 1,741 1,407 323*
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
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
Monday
1,076 1,558 1,090    916 1,455   567* 1,260 1,346 1,296 1,449 2,314 1,471 183
Tuesday
  728 1,485 1,456    640 1,275 1,006 1,122 974 1,109 1,314 1,548 842*

513

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

513

Thursday
  348   844   954    566 1,243   920    770 779 580+ 1,061 1,691 1,253 254
Friday
  281   721   847 1,450 1,346 1,232    853 828 1,100 1,239 1,910 1,132 327
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
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

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

*   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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