The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

July 22, 2013

Increased attendance at fair

By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — DEWITT — With the livestock trailers loaded and 4H ribbons awarded, the 2013 Clinton County Fair has concluded.

“This was one of the best fairs we’ve had in recent years,” Clinton County Fair Board President Bob Gannon said.

To revive the fair and raise attendance this year, Gannon and the fair board made a few changes to the fair’s weekend events line-up.

One of those changes included moving the tractor pull from Sunday afternoon to Saturday evening.

“We put three good entertainment items together for the three (weekend) nights and it really worked,” Gannon said.

Although knowing the exact number of attendants is nearly impossible, Gannon said the board’s efforts made a big difference for 2013.

“Even regular daytime walking around traffic has been really good,” Gannon said.

Fair-goers themselves also noticed the difference this year.

Lisa Burke Martin, 4-H parent and youth committee member, said she was happy with this year’s county fair.

“It was a successful year. There were really good crowds and really good projects,” Burke Martin said.

Along with the 4-H shows, tractor pull, demolition derby and rodeo, county fair attendants also enjoyed amusement park rides and carnival games.

Eight-year-old Gus Pickup, and dad George, enjoyed themselves at the carnival while Gus’s sister took part in the 4-H cattle show.

“My favorite part (of the fair) was the Ferris Wheel,” Gus said.

With another year under their belts, the Clinton County Fair board is already planning next year’s celebration.

“Planning for the next fair usually starts before the (current) year is over,” Gannon said. “Preparations for next year have already begun.