Clark County Fair ends on a high note

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Sweltering heat kept some would-be county fairgoers at home for part of the week, but cooler weather Saturday and Sunday saw record crowds over the weekend, in an otherwise successful fair, John Morrison, fair manager and event center CEO said on the final day of festivities.“The week that was the run-up to the fair was a very difficult week for me and the staff,” he said.The last two days of preparatory work, saw fair staff toiling in temperatures higher than 100 degrees.Morrison said he wouldn’t have final cash and attendance tallies for a few days, but as the heat lingered through the fair week as well, it put a dent in overall attendance, which rippled into the performance at the food court, at the gates and in parking.Each day of the fair, except Saturday and Sunday, he said, saw temperatures 2 to 17 degrees higher than normal.“There was no doubt that the hot weather the first five days took its toll on attendance,” he said. “Very understandable.”Saturday, however, saw record numbers on the grounds and record performance in the food court and at the gate, he said.Otherwise, the fair had a good year, he said.“Every year there’s a number of yardsticks you judge the success of the fair by,” he said.There were no significant safety issues. The state fair commissioner gave the event high marks during a visit, and the public feedback he’s received so far has been positive.“This year was the first year that we had a sellout on all four of our grandstand concerts,” he said.This year’s fair featured the musical stylings of Old Dominion, The Marshall Tucker Band, The B-52’s and Melissa Etheridge.“I think one of the things that made that happen is we switched from five concerts to four in the grandstands, but kept the concert budget the same,” he said, which meant fair bookers could bring in bigger acts.Also new this year was the Game On feature, which allowed fair guests to try virtual reality experiences and a few more attractions more familiar to an arcade than a midway.last_img read more

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