LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The very thing that helped set this year's record pace for people pouring into the Arkansas State Fair may be the very thing that ends stops that record from being reached.
Sunday's rain and chilly temperatures may stop 2017's season from hitting an all-time high attendance.
We learned from a state fair spokesperson good weather, new rides and new security measures all helped drive in the crowds.
Jane Duke never misses the state fair.
The mother said, "They're much more daring."
She was not talking about the new rides this year.
Her 10-year-old son Hudson said, "I just did the Ring of Fire (ride). I think that was probably the best one."
His twin brother Lawn disagreed.
Lawson said, "I like the Star Ship."
We met Jane's twins on Sunday at the last day of the 2017 state fair.
Hudson said, "I mean kind of aggravating sometimes."
Lawson interrupted with, "We fight a lot."
This Sunday even the two twins agreed on something- the size of the crowd.
Lawson said, "Smaller since it's the last day."
We took a ride on the Ferris wheel to get a bird's eye view of the turnout or lack of turn out Sunday with the rainy weather.
Arkansas State Fair spokesperson Ralph Eubanks said, "We're about 3000 (people) ahead of (the year) 2015 which was our best fair ever."
He said Sunday's rainy and chilly weather will most likely stop this year's attendance from reaching the record.
"The 3 most important things for a successful fair are weather, weather, and weather," he continued.
Eubanks told us good weather, new rides and a new security measure (metal detectors) all played a role to drive crowds to the rides this year.
He said, "There's a lot of security on the grounds. This is probably the safest place in Little Rock during the fair."
Sheriff deputies, state troopers, Little Rock police officers and security officers all worked to keep attendees safe.
Jane Duke said, "It felt very comfortable."
Before Sunday we learned from the State fair that more than 400,000 people attended this year.
Eubanks said no one had been arrested going into the last day.
He said we should expect the total attendance for 2017's state fair on Monday morning.
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