Fair attendance dips

Attendance is on track with that of the fair in 2007 when similar weather conditions prevailed, said Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, sponsor of the fair. The fair in 2007 drew 152,981 in attendance through its first four days.

“We do these events in cooperation with Mother Nature,” he said. “We know that when we start out.”

Fair officials are still happy with the attendance, however, and Moss noted many of the exhibit halls are air-conditioned and Fiddler’s Grove has many shade trees under which you can escape the sun.

Of course, it hasn’t all been the sun as rain moved in Saturday sending everyone scurrying.

Attendance through Monday night stands at 141,022. Friday’s attendance was 32,433; Saturday’s was 43,771; Sunday’s was 35,714; and Monday’s was 29,104. “It’s not going to be a banner year if we’re looking at dollars and cents and attendance,” Moss said, but he and others hope a large number of people will attend the fair in its remaining days.  “Last year was the perfect year” for attendance, he said. The fair in 2009 set a record with 505,434 in total attendance.

Although more rain is in the forecast Thursday, don’t let that stop you from attending. There are pageants for children and the baby show is set for Saturday. “They bring a lot of interest from mommas and daddies and grandmas and granddads and aunts and uncles.”

The always popular livestock shows, featuring beef and dairy cattle and sheep are coming up, and there is plenty more. See the Wilson County Fair catalog or visit online at www.wilsoncountyfair.net for the schedule of each day’s events.

Wilson County resident Charlie Daniels performed in a concert Monday night under the covered arena bringing out a number of fans.

The Great Give-A-Way was to be held Tuesday night. Eugene Duke from Galdeville had the winning ticket and chose a 2010 John Deere 5045d Tractor and Loader from Tri-Green Equipment. Duke had around 1,500 tickets with the winning ticket having been picked up from Premier Dodge Chrysler Jeep.

A new livestock arena was dedicated Wednesday night, constructed with funds raised from previous fairs. The new facility was to be turned over officially to the county during the ceremony last night. Moss said it will enhance the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds as it will be used throughout the year for a number of events.

There are, of course, carnival rides in the Midway provided by Amusements of America, and corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy, soft drinks and water.

For more information about the fair, visit online at www.wilsoncountyfair.net or call 443-2626.Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.