DuQuoin fair posts attendance gain

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Attendance at the DuQuoin State Fair jumped 22% over what it was two years ago, officials said.

More than 150,000 visitors entered the gates for the event’s return in late August and early September, the Department of Agriculture reported last week.

The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 edition. Shows presented at the grandstand drew the highest attendance since 2012.

Of the 20,780 show-goers, Illinois-bred rock legend REO Speedwagon led the way by selling 4,000 tickets.