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Dallas Back To School Fair Breaks Record

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By Bill Zeeble, KERA News

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Dallas, TX –

Dallas's annual back to school fair drew a record turnout in Fair Park today. Mayor Tom Leppert, whose office sponsored the event, said he expected at least 10 thousand more attendees this year over last, and blamed the bad economy.

Leppert: There are a lot of families that are hurting out there. This becomes even more important as way to get school supplies and very basics that families need to start their kids in school.

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Denise South, with 3 young children was attending for the first time.

South: I lost my job in April and I needed some help on school supplies. I mean, it's a big deal to me because it's helping me out.

Officials say parents who couldn't get supplies but who qualified for them got a voucher to use later this month at city hall.

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