PLEASANTON -- New attractions and mostly mild weather helped pull in a healthy crowd to the Alameda County Fair, which ended its run Sunday.
The fair, that began June 18, drew 475,762 visitors. That was up by 22 percent over 391,426 visitors in 2013. The fair's record attendance came in its 100th aniversary year in 2012, when 534,577 people entered the turnstiles.
Fair officials released the attendance figures Monday plus a batch of intriguing numbers, from how many corn dogs were eaten -- 128,000 -- to how many people attended the horse racing -- 54,532, up 10 percent from 2013. Those race fans also placed 2 percent more in bets than last year.
Other interesting figures:
During the fair, 141,284 cars were parked on the fairgrounds.
There were 18,181 competitive entries and 4,868 exhibitors.
The Junior Livestock Auction raised $589,015 -- up 6 percent.
Small animal sales brought in $52,297 -- with a giant 32 percent increase.
Fine art sales raised $16,616, up 17 percent.
But the most intriguing bit of fair trivia is what all those visitors ate.
Coming second to corn dogs, there were 27,748 funnel cakes sold, 9,723 turkey legs, 1,545 orders of lobster fries and 1,401 macaroni and cheese stuffed bacon burgers sold. Spaghetti ice cream, the winning food at the fair's Snackdown competition, sold 1,538 orders.
The "Feed the Need" food drive at the fair resulted in 29,745 pounds of donated food and $3,053 in cash donations.
The 2015 fair will run from June 17 to July 5.