LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- State officials want an explanation for the low attendance at this year's state fair.

Attendance at this year's fair was down by about 100,000.

Fewer than 600,000 people visited the grounds over the 11 days of the 2014 Kentucky State Fair, amounting to the smallest crowd in 30 years.

Organizers say the weather may be to blame as there were showers and storms eight of the 11 days and temperatures reached into the triple digits.

Despite the attendance drop, fair leaders reported some growth in competitive entries and World's Championship Horse Show.

The fair generated roughly $16.5 million for the community and the state, but the Fair Board says it lost more than $200,000 at the August event.

The chairman of the Fair Board has named a committee to evaluate the event.

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