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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 2004 we had 7,777 visitors to our booth, and in 2005 our attendance was 11, 843, up by over 50%!!  2006 broke the 2005 record with 13,216 visitors.  We were plagued with heavy rains several days in 2007, hurting overall attendance.  The weather was great in 2008 and we set a new record with 14,626 visitors!   Finally 2009 had severe storms causing severe wind damage to some adjacent tents.  Our area of the Fair, Conservation World, closed early three days out of the ten.

The first few days of 2010 were incredibly hot and humid, but we had some beautiful weather later in the week.  The heat had caused the number of visitors to slaken each afternoon.

The demonstrations and hands-on experiments have proved to be very popular, and we have added new experiments in both categories again this year.  We handed out packets of information and educational resources to all teachers that came to our tent and identify themselves. 

Thanks to financial support from a number of Illinois corporations, we have expanded the size of the tent by 50% in the last few years to accommodate the increased number of visitors.

Check out the photos from:   2004200520062007,   2008,   2009, 2010

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

Year:  
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Friday

  763

1,051

 1,340

   990

1,193

1,515

   938

Saturday
1,557 1,453 2,255 2,155

1,817

1,706 1,306
Sunday
1,073 1,083 1,145 1,000 1,810 1,019*

1,337

Monday
1,076 1,558 1,090    916 1,455   567* 1,260
Tuesday
  728 1,485 1,456    640 1,275 1,006 1,122
Wednesday
  497 1,169 1,342    540 1,202   376** 1,037
Thursday
  348   844   954    566 1,243   920    770
Friday
  281   721   847 1,450 1,346 1,232    853
Saturday
  759 1,271 1,522 1,897 2,033 1,834 1,674
Sunday
  692 1,208 1,265

  815

1,252 1,504 1,162
TOTAL VISITORS
BY YEAR
7,777 11,843 13,216 10,969 14,626 11,750 11,459

*   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.

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