An unidentified woman feeds a bear honey in a bottle at the Florida State Fair, Tampa.

Cold and windy weather midweek at the Florida State Fair, Tampa, meant a 3.1-percent decrease in attendance, from last year’s 457,280 to 442,910 in 2013.

In spite of those numbers, however, the ride gross was 2.1 percent higher than last year’s, at $4.3 million and gate revenues were up 5.8 percent to $3 million at the Feb. 7-18 fair.

And that was without a hike in gate admission, said...

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