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Arizona State Fair reports record attendance after 2020 hiatus

The Arizona State Fair broke its previous record for attendance last month after 2020’s fair was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The fair hosted almost 1.6 million guests over 22 days at the fairgrounds in central Phoenix. The previous record was 1.3 million guests in 2019. This year, the Fair surpassed that mark on its 17th day.

Several adjustments, like mobile ticketing and hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations, were put in place for the safety of attendees.

The event was initially supposed to be held at Wild Horse Pass on the Gila River Indian Community's reservation near Chandler, but the move was canceled and the fair returned to the Phoenix location, which has been in use since 1905.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.