As the Georgia State Fair heads into its final weekend, organizers say they're hopeful that the attendance rates will show an increase over last year.
But one official says the future of the fair may hinge on this year's outcome.
President of the Board of Directors for the fair Don Johstono says the fair has been losing attendance and money for years.
They've tried a number of tactics over the years to revitalize it, and he says some of it seems to be working.
The fair has a new look this year, with rides, games, and food all intermingling in a more spacious layout.
Johstono says the goal was to give it a "theme park" atmosphere.
There are 50 fewer commercial vendors and 20 fewer food vendors at the fair this year. Johstono says they made that decision intentionally to help vendors be profitable.
He says reducing the number of vendors also makes the layout more spacious, and easier for security to patrol.