LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It was a rough start to the week for the Arkansas State Fair. Heavy rains significantly impacted attendance numbers on Tuesday, and cooler than normal temperatures meant smaller crowds earlier Thursday.
THV 11 was able to catch up with several fairgoers who decided they were going to be there rain or shine.
"We were hoping for sun and no rain," said one fairgoer.
Despite overcast conditions, the rain held off, and by the afternoon, crowds had already surpassed Tuesday's total of 5,000 visitors. But, numbers were still down from the 20,000 on Tuesday of 2012.
"Everybody that was gonna come yesterday is comin' today plus the people that planned to come today," observed another fairgoer.
Jackets and sweatshirts are a common sight, which was unusual for the state fair last year. It may be cool and cloudy today, but fairgoers argue it could be a lot worse.