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      State Fair early attendance lower than last year

      Extreme heat and a few thunderstorms have kept early attendance numbers at the Missouri State Fair a little lower this year.

      Fair officials said more than 157,700 people visited the fairgrounds in Sedalia during the first five days of the event.

      That TMs down about 10 percent as compared to the same five days last year.

      Cooler weather brought record crowds to the State Fair last August.

      From farm equipment and carnival rides to beer tents and fair food, there's a little something for everyone at the Missouri State Fair.

      You can come out here on any given day and see approximately $300,000 worth of free entertainment for an $8 admission ticket," Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said. "We TMve got great food. We TMve got everything from sitting down in an air-conditioned building with a full course to a corn dog and everything else. I think we have something for everyone.

      Missouri State Fair Organizers expect to draw larger crowds as their concert series kicks into gear.

      Some of the headliners this week include Three Dog Night, The Grassroots, Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crowe.

      The Missouri State Fair ends this Sunday.