Attendance was up this year at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison.
despite rain and thunderstorms last weekend attendance hit nearly
55,000 people at the three-day fair, an increase of 2 percent over
According to the
fair, the event's estimated economic impact on the Madison area
was $8.4 million, which includes spending at local hotels,
restaurants, shops and other businesses.
This year was the
first time the event hosted two nights of PRCA Rodeo. Tickets
nearly sold out for Friday night's rodeo and sold out on Saturday.
The event also featured the world's tallest donkey and horse.
It was the
third-highest attendance in the event's 35 year history. The most
was in 2010 when 56,000 people attended.