For ninety years, the East Texas State Fair has been an institution in Tyler. Each year, thousands of people walk through the gates, but this year attendance is down.
Alice Emmons, who has been the General Manager for the fair for ten years, said, "We're about 52% of where we were last year- and it's because of the storm."
When Rita's remnants blew through last weekend the fair was forced to close. Lucretia Lamb works for the City of Tyler and takes a week of vacation each year to work her booth at the fair.
She says, "Saturday hurt! The rain, the weather, it hurts us."
Managers are extending the fair through Sunday hoping to make up for the lost revenue.