Due to beautiful weather and appealing attractions last week, the 2014 edition of the Fayette County Fair saw an increase in attendance.
According to Doug Marine, President of the Fayette County Agricultural Society, it is difficult to accurately measure the amount of people who enter the fairgrounds for fair week.
“Between the amount of passes we sell and other factors, we can only estimate,” Marine said. “It is difficult to estimate the exact number of times the passes are utilized, and therefore we base it off of past usage which is roughly four times during the week.”
Based on the number that the Agricultural Society can measure, which is the amount of people who pay daily admission at the gates, nearly 16,000 people attended the Fayette County Fair in this fashion. Combined with estimates from the passes, roughly 26,000 people overall attended the fair.
“If we go strictly by gate numbers, we can compare year by year,” Marine said. “Since this is the only solid number we can figure, we have it recorded. In 2009 nearly 10,000 people passed through the gate to visit the fair, in 2010 nearly 14,000 visited, in 2011 about 12,000 attended, and in 2012 nearly 15,000 people visited.”
In 2013, despite having a very strong heat wave pass through the county, nearly 15,500 people visited the fair.
“Part of the reason we had a fairly large attendance would be because of the weather,” Marine said. “We may have lost about 2,000 people combined between Friday and Saturday due to (rainy) weather, but overall the weather was great all week.”
Another factor that may have played into strong attendance was the introduction of a new amusement company called Amusements of America, which provided games and rides for patrons.
“We have already begun planning for next year,” Marine said. “We even have a verbal commitment from Amusements of America to come back.”
Overall, Marine said the week went well and he would like to extend thanks to many people for their roles in making the fair possible.
“I would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who helped with everything from 4-H to amusements, ” Marine said. “I would like to thank the Junior Fair Board for their hard work and dedication, the Senior Fair Board for the hours of work throughout the year and extended hours during the fair, and the Extension Office for helping with the 4-H experience. I would also like to thank Secretary Faith Cottrill for her dedication during the year and also to her and her staff during the fair week for all their help. Finally, I want to give thanks to Groundskeeper Don Callender for getting the grounds ready and his crew that helped during fair week.”