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Arizona State Fair sees jump in attendance

PHOENIX -- The three-week Arizona State Fair wrapped up Sunday at the Arizona State Faigrounds with the best numbers since the recession began.

More than 1.1 million people took in the rides and exhibits this year, 76,000 than last year.

"Not the record but close," said Kristi Walsh with the fair. "We had 1.2 million in 2007. We're moving back in a positive direction."

Walsh said perfect weather in the past few days helped contribute to the boost in attendance.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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