A young fairgoer participates in activities at Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif.

After experiencing a 13.5-percent decline last year over the 2012 event because of a heat wave, the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif., came back strong, up 21.5 percent, with better weather, strong concerts and a horse racing partnership credited for the better numbers.

Attendance came in at 475,670, more than 80,000 higher than the 391,426 visitors last year, and nearly 25,000 higher than...

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