The fair was five days into its run when the terrorist attacks occurred. Fair officials decided not to close down but some events were canceled.
Fair manager Denny Stoecklin says crowd numbers dropped dramatically after the attacks. Attendance has gradually climbed every year, reaching 354,184 last year.
The Wichita Eagle reports that this year’s fair, which starts Friday in Hutchinson, plans several events to commemorate the 9/11 attacks.