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Keith Johnson, Deseret News
Sunglasses reflect the whirl of activities at the fair.

The Utah State Fair ended Sunday after 11 days of exhibits, food and entertainment.

Seeing the livestock — those four-legged primped beauties — is the main reason people go to the fair. The second most important reason is the food, according to Denise Allen, public relations director for the fair.

As of Saturday, fair attendance was 4 percent higher than the 315,000 who attended last year.

"We were up slightly," Allen said.

Weather was a factor with respect to numbers.

Though the fair went well, one of the vendors had a scare. At Danny Conner's Reptile Adventures, a small snapping turtle turned up missing on Saturday and was presumed stolen, according to Allen. Fair security was alerted. Conner put out a plea to his audiences for the return of the snapper.

"These are not pets," he reportedly said.

Throughout the rest of Saturday and early Sunday, the turtle was missing in action. Later Sunday morning, the turtle was back in the turtle area.

Allen said Conner told her, "This place is the 'Twilight Zone"' because the turtle returned as mysteriously as it disappeared.

Though some problems do occur, Allen said the fair administration wants to provide fairgoers with a good experience.

All in all the fair was a success.

"It was good. It ended well," Allen said.


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