Fair organizers said this year’s event had higher attendance than past years, even though some wet weather and blazing heat hit the area.
Fair Board Chairman Sarah Lackey said the Fair was well attended Friday and Saturday, but heat may have chased some fairgoers away the final day of the four-day event. The Fair was held July 7-10 in Union.
“The heat got to people yesterday, but Union ambulance crews handled those situations really well,” Lackey said Monday. “The crowd would have been larger if it wasn’t so hot.”
Thermometers neared readings of 100 degrees, with a heat index of up to 105 degrees. However, in past years it has been hotter and rained much more.
“I think the weather was better this year than in years past,” Lackey said. “I don’t have the final numbers, but it looks like we will be up compared to the last couple of years,”
Lackey credited Fair Board members for the success of the event.
“I couldn’t ask for harder workers. It definitely makes it easier with a lot of great help,” she said. “Everyone did a great job, and everyone was quick to respond — this was one of the better years for cooperation.”
Lackey noted that this was the first Fair for many of the Fair Board members.
“We had a lot of new members and they took it on, and pitched in,” she said. They stuck through the rain and the heat to make it a great Fair.”
She added that there were few problems on the fairgrounds.
“We had less trouble on the grounds than in past years,” she said. “It seemed to be calmer.
“We also had a lot of cooperation from the Union School District, police, fire and ambulance crews who really pulled it together.”
Lackey said there were some events that were a huge draw for the Fair.
“The tractor pull had one of the biggest crowds in a few years,” she said. “The demo derby drew a great crowd, and despite the heat, the baby contest was still pretty packed.
“The weather really doesn’t affect those events,” she added. “As always, the pig scramble was really packed too.”
There was one major hiccup Saturday night when one of the members of the band Gloriana, the main entertainment, did not show up to perform.
While on stage, the other three band members said Cheyenne Kimball returned to Nashville for personal reasons. That same day, she quit the band via Twitter.
“They sounded good and the show was still good,” said Lackey.
She explained that the band prepared about 1 1/2 hours before the show in order to perform without the fourth member.
In general, Lackey said the board will work throughout the year to improve on some areas.