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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Thousands of people are expected to show up for the Pima County Fair this year.  It officially opened on Thursday evening, but there are still ten more days to enjoy it.

More people at the fair, means more money coming into Tucson's economy.  The question for the county and fair organizers is just how much money. 

Right now fair organizers are working on an economic impact study to find out exactly how much. 

Fair officials say the Pima County Fair has broken both attendance and revenue records every year since 2005, with the exception of 2012 due to a day of extreme heat. 

The fair employs 25 year-round employees and hires an additional 400 employees for the month of April. They also fill two hotels for entertainers, judges and vendors. 

In addition to hiring and housing all the extra help, the fair also takes care of more than 1,000 livestock - feeding them will locally purchased feed.

Gates open at 1 p.m. today with the midway opening at 3 p.m.

For more on the fair go online to http://www.pimacountyfair.com/

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