By Frank Lewis
Attendance was up for the week at the Scioto County Fair. After all was said and done, torn down, hauled off, cleaned up, the numbers showed attendance for the week at approximately 800 over last year, which fair officials felt was a successful week considering everything the fair has to compete against in this day and age.
“Everything was good. We had very few problems. It was just a good fair. Everybody was happy,” Scioto County Fair Board member Eugene Gahm said.
Gahm said if anything slightly dampened the turnout it was weather in the surrounding area.
“Friday (Aug. 9) night it rained about a mile from here and that kind of knocked us back a little bit. Friday we had rain all around us. It sprinkled all day long, but Friday night here was perfect,” Gahm said. “All you can do is what mother nature lets you do.”
Gahm said the fair has a lot more competition than in the early years.
“If they’d turn the TV off we’d be all right,” Gahm said. “We don’t have the direct communication like we used to have.” Gahm was speaking of the days when there was a local country music radio station which would promote the shows. “Back in 1995 we had 16,000-17,000 people on Saturday. That’s not going to happen now, there’s too many things to get into.”
Gahm said all in all the fair was a success.
“It was a nice fair. It was a clean fair,” Gahm said.
Was there a good turnout for the entertainment at the grandstand each night?
“We did real good,” Gahm said. “And they were all good shows. Everybody liked everything we did.”
Gahm said the main attraction of the fair, the 4-H livestock auction went off well.
“Everything was good,” Gahm said. “We couldn’t gripe at all. It was just a good all around fair.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.