State Fair is a record-setting wrap

LITTLE ROCK - The 2012 Arkansas State Fair is officially history and it made some history along the way.

If you're all about twisting, turning and screaming, or you just want to go at your own pace, there was plenty to get visitors wide-eyed with excitement at the state fair.

"There's more things that are fried this year," said Chuck Buchan, a fairgoer from Jacksonville. "I guess that changes every year."

Culinary creativity is always a draw at the fairgrounds, and especially this year with the debut of bacon lemonade.

"If somebody is going to like it," said Jim Youker with Coastal Concessions, 'they're going to like it here in Arkansas. And it's gone over very well and we're actually almost sold out."

The fair hit record single-day attendance numbers four times this go-around. On Saturday, more than 88 thousand people came to take in the action. It's no surprise what organizers say helped out with the turnout.

"Weather," said Captain Ed Davis with fair security. "We had a little bit of a rainy start but the weather has turned around like it has today and we've been blessed with some great crowds."

Captain Davis is one of 100 security officers assigned to cover the fairgrounds every day by foot or by cart.

"We do everything with customer service in mind," said Davis, "as well as safety."

No major incidents were reported at this year's record breaking fair, thanks to tight security.

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Plans are in the works for next year's already but for now the sun has set on another successful state fair.

"The kids just really loved it," said Buchan, "and we're glad we brought them out this year."