A crowded day at the fairgrounds.

A wet opening day helped account for a seven percent decrease in attendance at the State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport, from last year’s 450,630 to 419,000 in 2011.

“Our first day, we had rain and it was a huge day last year,” said Chris Giordano, president and general manager, of the Oct. 27-Nov. 13 event.

The fair does a dollar day promotion on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where admission, parking, carnival rides and some foo...

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