By Savvy Raines
Attendance at the 2013 Indiana State Fair has so far been higher than in recent years.
By the end of Tuesday - the last day for which numbers were available - the fair had seen 285,000 visitors.
Numbers are up 12 percent from last year. Sunday on opening weekend and Tuesday broke previous records set for numbers of visitors in a day.
Andy Klotz, publicity and media relations director at the Indiana State Fair Commission, is hopeful that attendance numbers will continue to climb.
"If the weather stays cool we will probably stay ahead but weather is the biggest factor," Klotz said. "However we have a long way to go and we all know what Indiana weather is like."
Last year, the Indiana State Fair drew 853,941 visitors, falling short of its attendance goal by about 20,000.
The fair had aimed for an overall attendance of 875,000, a figure based on the average number of attendees over the past five years.
In order to break the all time record attendance mark, set in 2004 with 900,365 people visiting the fairgrounds, the fair will need to average about 80,000 visitors for each of the remaining days of the fair.
The fair started Aug. 2 and lasts through Aug. 18.
This year, the average high temperature during the fair has been 80 degrees. That is more than 10 degrees cooler than the average high during last year's fair.
Savvy Raines is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty.