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Numbers Like Butter: 120th OC Fair Breaks Attendance Record

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The 120th Orange County Fair came to an end on Sunday, and officials are reporting it was a record-breaking year, according to LA Now.

1.15 million people swarmed the Costa Mesa fairgrounds, stepping onto land that may be sold to the City of Costa Mesa, after months of uncertainty at the hands of its owners, the state of California, who tried to sell it off to a private buyer earlier this year.

The possibility this would be the last fair on these grounds is partially what drew attendees to pet the animals, hop aboard the rides, try their luck at the games, see live performances, and chow down on some serious deep-fried eats. This year's exciting new item going into the deep fryer: Butter. That's right, a cut-to-the chase approach to eating--why sully the butter by combining it with other ingredients?--attracted 8,000 butter-curious eaters at the fair.

Missed out on the fried treats and the family-friendly fun? The Los Angeles County Fair runs September 4-October 3 in Pomona.