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158th county fair deemed a success

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Fair-goers of all ages enjoyed last week's 158th Bureau County Fair, held at the fairgrounds in Princeton. Fair officials have deemed the fair a success, thanks to good crowds and dry weather.

PRINCETON — Thanks to the cooperation of the weather, overall attendance was good for this year’s 158th annual Bureau County Fair, according to Marc Cain, president of the Bureau County Ag Board.

The only rain during last week’s fair occurred on Thursday morning, but it didn’t keep area senior citizens away from their annual Senior Citizens Day at the fair, nor did it slow down the carnival, Cain said, adding the morning rain helped to settle the dust a bit on the ground.

Attendance was also good at the grandstand shows, including the Friday evening country show with Justin Moore, Saturday’s tractor/truck pull and Sunday evening’s demolition derby, which had about 80 entries. The Sunday morning community worship service in the grandstands was also well attended, he said.

As far as the displays in the fine arts buildings, Cain said there was once again a good number of entries, about the same as last year. In the livestock barns, the number of beef and dairy entries were both up from last year.

Overall, fair attendance was good each day; the weather was wonderful; and the fair was a success, Cain said.

Cain said the Bureau County Fair is a great opportunity for people to learn about the different aspects of the agriculture industry, to see how farm equipment and practices have changed through the years, and to see up close the livestock and farm animals, since even though Bureau County is a rural community, not everyone has that knowledge or understanding, he said.

As far as final costs to bring this year’s fair to Bureau County, Cain said it will take a couple months to get all the final bills and costs collected. But with this year’s good weather and attendance, things should turnout financially OK for the fair, he said.

In a few weeks, when things are wrapped up for the 158th annual Bureau County Fair, the fair board will turn its focus in November to begin preparing for next year’s fair.

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