Fair Spurs a large turnout
As the carnival lights faded on Saturday night at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and the fair came to a close, a successful year of planning and hard work came to a close, as well.
"We had a great year," said Brian Crow, the fair's coordinator. "I am thrilled with the results."
He said the number of food vendors for this year's fair was higher across the board than last year and there was record attendance at all of this year's concerts.
This was Crow's fourth fair in Jefferson County, he said, and he was hired just a few weeks before his first fair, in 2016. He said many of the numbers are up this year, including general attendance — according to visual accounts since the fair doesn't charge an entry fee.
Crow estimated that attendance was up about 5-10%.
Along those same lines, this year's carnival was a little bigger than last year's, and a trip to that side of the fairgrounds on Friday night boasted lots of laughter and playful, adrenaline-filled screams and squeals as locals spun through the air on different rides.
During the days, trips through the livestock and small animal barns showed off some heightened entry numbers as well. Jon Gandy, OSU Extension's 4-H program educator, said fair-goers saw more pigs than last year as well as more sheep. The other animal numbers stayed relatively the same, Gandy said.
"All in all, we had a good fair and all the barns ran really smooth because of our superintendents," Gandy said.
This was also the first time in several years that there have been market poultry in the small animal barn and Gandy is glad to see that the small animal entries, poultry and rabbits, are going up a little and the barn is doing well.
Along with concerts each night of the Wednesday-through-Saturday run, the fair included well-attended rodeos on Friday and Saturday.
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