The hot temperatures didn’t damper last week’s Hardin County Community Fair & Horse Show.
“We’ve had a great week and the weather has cooperated,” said Marty Fulkerson, fair board president. “We appreciate the community and the businesses that helped put on the fair.”
Fulkerson said the weather effected some of the entries to the livestock shows, especially the horses, but family living entries were up from last year and attendance has been up most nights.
“Overall it’s been a good week,” he said. “We raised the gate, some people didn’t like it but 99 percent of the people have not said anything.”
Gate admission hadn’t been raised for about eight years but expenses have gone up and improvements have been made to the fair that are costly.
There always are people who didn’t like something, he said, but the midway has been great about handling those things.
Fulkerson’s hoping by the time the fair closed Saturday night, total attendance numbers would be from last year. Attendance had been up every night but Thursday, adding part of the goal is to increase attendance each year.
“I did expect a little big bigger crowd for Confederate Railroad than we had,” he said.
But the crowd was good and pushed attendance up for Tuesday night over previous years.
“They did a great show so whoever was here really enjoyed it,” he said.
Other new events were Ohio Valley Wrestling on Tuesday and the Ag Experience Saturday night.
As for the rides, Fulkerson said the board tries to get attractions that hold higher volume of people to keep the lines moving.
“Sometimes people ask for old favorites but they don’t always work with this size fair,” he said.
Farm to Table continued to be a success.
“We were able to give $5,000 to our community clinic,” Fulkerson said.
The community responds to it well and he said there were great sponsorships.
Another highlight was music most every night by local artists.
Fulkerson said the board had done a great job, the inmate release program has been great in cleaning up each day and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office provided deputies for security.
“It makes a parent more comfortable knowing the deputies are out here,” he said.
The board already is evaluating what kind of changes they need to make for next year’s fair. But vendors tell him that the Hardin County Fair has a lot of events already compared to other fairs.