WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Summer-like temperatures over the weekend helped the Big E fair set an attendance record for the 17-day event.

The Eastern States Exposition which ended Sunday drew nearly 1.5 million visitors this year, its’ 98th.

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The exact amount was 1,498,605, breaking the previous attendance record of 1,481,917.

President Eugene Cassidy said he was “thrilled” with attendance this year.

The fair this year also set a single day attendance record when 170,612 passed through the gates on Sept. 20, breaking a record set in 1980.

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The final day of the fair featured a six-horse hitch showdown, a visit from Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley and a celebration of the Special Olympics.

The fair features concerts, carnival rides, food, animal exhibits and goods from all six New England states.

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