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How did attendance at the 2013 Cape Fear Fair and Expo compare to previous years?

Paul Stephen
StarNews
Cassie and Desray Swinson of Burgaw laugh as the Orbiter starts to take them for a spin at the Cape Fear Fair & Expo. StarNews photo by Jeff Janowski.

Cassie and Desray Swinson of Burgaw laugh as the Orbiter starts to take them for a spin at the Cape Fear Fair & Expo. StarNews photo by Jeff Janowski.

Manager Skip Watkins said the 2013 Cape Fear Fair and Expo was attended by 43,000 people this year, an increase from roughly 39,000 in 2012.

It was an above-average showing since the fair relocated to their new spot at the Wilmington International Airport, but Watkins noted that turnout hasn’t reached the numbers enjoyed at the former location on Carolina Beach Road near Echo Farms, statistics he attributes to greater visibility along a main road in the former spot.

Record attendance was achieved in 1996, when almost 52,000 visitors stopped by for cotton candy, Ferris wheel rides and a stroll through the agricultural tent.

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What are the 2010 attendance figures for the Cape Fear Fair & Expo?

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