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County fair deemed a success

Packed grandstand for Beach Boys, Demo Derby

PRINCETON — The 159th Bureau County Fair was a success, in spite of the occasional rain and the hot, humid weather.

This year’s Bureau County Fair, which ended Sunday, was one of the best ever, according to Bureau County Fair Board spokesperson Tracy Brenneman.

On Monday, Brenneman said attendance was very good for all the grandstand shows. Though there was the challenge of dodging downbursts of rain and battling heat indexes reaching into the 100-degree range, the only outdoor event that was cancelled, part-way through, was the horse speed show Saturday morning, he said.

One of the highlights of the fair was the Thursday evening Beach Boys concert, which was packed. Sunday evening’s Demolition Derby had more than 90 entries, and the grandstands and bleachers on the infield were also packed.

As far as the number of fine arts and livestock/animal entries, some of those numbers were up, while others were down, Brenneman said. Attendance at the Sunday community morning worship service appeared down a bit, no doubt due to the hot and humid weather, he added.

When asked how the fair board would determine if a county fair was successful, Brenneman said the fair is successful when it has a great variety of things to offer the people; when the weather cooperates as much as possible; and people are enjoying themselves.

The county fair could not happen each year if it weren’t for the hundreds of people who volunteer and work behind-the-scenes at the fair, as well as all the superintendents, sponsors, and of course, the fair board members and spouses, Brenneman said, adding without all of them, the fair couldn’t be accomplished.

As far as costs to make the county fair a reality, Brenneman said the fair board has its budgets each year, and in spite of rising expenses like insurance, the board hopes to be able to set aside some money at the end of the fiscal year for next year’s fair.

With the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the board will hope to have everything wrapped up by then with this year’s fair and then turn its focus on next year’s 160th Bureau County Fair, Brenneman said.

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