In the end, the unrelenting heat beat out the deep-fried cereal.
The Los Angeles County Fair, which began Aug. 31 and ended last weekend, drew 1,473,371 visitors, a 1% decrease from the record-setting total of 1,491,213 last year, fair officials said.
The fair hoped to draw bigger crowds this year with the slogan "Tell your diet to stick it" and introduced new, high-calorie treats like deep fried Spam, pineapple and cereal.
Besides the snack foods, the fair featured such crowd favorites as rock legends Styx, monster truck madness and demolition derby.
But in the end, the fatty foods could not entice enough people to put up with the recent high temperatures to break last year's record attendance numbers.