Fair board happy with turnout

Fair board happy with turnout

By Daniel Winningham
Those attending the annual Macoupin County fair are typically used to visiting the event on hot, sweltering days in late July.

However, earlier this year, the fair opted to hold the fair in June, and the early signs have been pretty positive.

“As far as the board goes, we’re very happy with how the fair went with moving it up,” said fair board president Mark Dugger said. “With people coming out, about 99 percent of the comments were very positive. Things worked out pretty well in spite of mother nature.”

According to weather data from Weather Underground, which collects information on Sumner Street in Carlinville, the high temperature climbed past 90° on just three of the seven days from June 23-29, and for the fair’s final night at the demolition derby many were wearing jackets and long-sleeve shirts as the temperature was below 73° after 6:30 p.m.

Grandstand attendance was down some earlier in the week but picked up the last three nights, according to Dugger.

“The first few nights were a little lighter than what we usually receive,” Dugger said. “Folks really started to flock out there for the motor sports.”

This year, the grandstand entertainment included mud drags June 27, tractor/truck pulls June 28 and the demolition derby June 29.

“The carnival was very positive,” Dugger said. “It seems like that was very well received.”

Dugger admitted there were a couple of “minor hiccups” with a ride one evening but was fixed after operators made a few repairs.

“Trinity Amusements did a great job,” Dugger said. “We’re really pleased with how things turned out with them.”

Asked if the board is locked into holding the fair in late June in future years, Dugger said, “As of right now, yes.”

“The vendors had very positive responses to the earlier date,” Dugger said. “There’s a lot less competition from other fairs since it’s before the July 4 weekend.”

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