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DALLAS (AP) Visitors to the State Fair of Texas spent an estimated $37 million on food, rides and other fall fun.

Fair officials released preliminary economic figures hours before the Sunday night end to the 24-day run, projecting coupon sales near the 2010 record of $37.3 million spent on food and amusement rides. Attendance figures were not immediately released Monday.

Good weather played a role in attracting people to the State Fair, according to spokeswoman Sue Gooding, which this year featured a new version of towering greeter Big Tex. The 55-foot-tall cowboy-styled icon replaces a version that burned last year.

Nearly 125,000 visitors stopped by the 'Life & Times of Big Tex' exhibit, sponsored by the Dallas Historical Society, fair officials said. Big Tex will be dismantled Tuesday and stored on the fairgrounds until next year's expo, scheduled Sept. 26 through Oct. 19, according to Gooding.

Fair patrons donated nearly 195,000 pounds of canned goods for the North Texas Food Bank, translating to about 162,000 meals.

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