Record crowds came to fair

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The 2014 North Texas Fair and Rodeo, which closed Saturday, marked a record-breaking attendance of more than 162,000.

162,000 went through gates during 9-day run

The North Texas Fair and Rodeo drew a packed house Saturday for its 2014 finale as fans stood in long lines to enjoy performances by “Marvelous Mutts” and “dynamite dunks” by the TNT Dunk Squad.

More than 162,000 people showed up for the 86th annual fair, up from last year’s record-breaking attendance of 150,000.

“It was an all-time record,” said Glenn Carlton, executive director of the North Texas Fair and Rodeo.

“We’ve got a very good product, and we’re seeing an increase in repeat customers.”

The North Texas Fair offered nine days and nights of non-stop fun for patrons.

This year’s event showcased a variety of rides, games and contests for area residents, including the “Mutton Bustin’” sheep race for children, a barbecue cook-off and pageants.

Thirty-one different music artists rocked two stages next to the rodeo arena, including the Randy Rogers Band, Cody Johnson, the Josh Abbott Band and Tracy Lawrence.

“It’s the biggest music lineup we have ever had,” Carlton said.

CHRISTIAN McPHATE can be reached at 940-566-6878 and on Twitter at @dcmcphate.

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