Family Time

FAMILY TIME—Brad Weatherby of Franklin, Mo., holds his 1-year-old daughter, Olivia, while they were seated under the newly constructed food pavilion. Natalie, his 7-year old, was there to enjoy the carnival rides, which were provided by Kenny’s Funland Carnival. Photo by Stan Schwartz

A break in the weather last week provided just the right amount of emphasis to bring in large crowds to this year’s Pike County Fair.

Pike County Fair President Tim Gamm said, it was too early to know if they broke any attendance records, but the preliminary numbers showed they did very well this year.

“It was a good week over all,” he said. The numbers look very good, he added. 

“Until we get all the totals from all the bills figured out,” we won’t know just how well we did. “But it looks good; very good.”

“We had great weather. I can’t thank the board members and volunteers and businesses enough that supported us. Without them, the fair does not happen,” Gamm said.

 The pulling track had plenty of competitors, as did the dirt track. The food service area was always busy, as were the food vendors who set up shop on the fairgrounds. People really enjoyed having a permanent covered area for eating. Gamm noted that before the structure was built, they had to rent expensive tents.

Weather was certainly a factor for the upturn in crowd size this year, Gamm said. In the weeks prior to the fair, temperatures had been in the high 90s with a heat index of more than 100 degrees. The 4-H/FAA Gymkhana competition schedule for Sunday, July 21, was postponed to the following Saturday. The sky stayed mostly clear for the entire week, without a drop of rain to been seen until two days after the fair ended.

Some preliminary events took place the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the actual start of the fair. The Youth Beef Show was on Saturday, July 20 and the 4-H exhibits were on Monday, July 22.

Tuesday evening saw the county fair’s actual start with a full, 10-event rodeo at 8 p.m.

One of the many good things about the Pike County Fair is the season pass. For one price, attendees could go to all the events and ride the carnival rides for free. The beer garden was well attended as were the cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. There was something going on for just about everyone.

Sheriff Stephen Korte said he brought on extra help for this year’s fair. About a dozen deputies roamed the fairgrounds and manned the mobile command center by the main entrance for most of the of the fair.

Korte said he wanted enough law enforcement present to show that “we are not going to put up with any foolishness.”

In his estimate, “Things went smoothly. There was not much in the way of incidents,” Korte added.

“We had someone there, who could relay the information, so we could get to the folks who needed it,” he said. The number of incidents this year were about the same as in previous years. “It’s stuff you come to expect; nothing serious.”

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