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Entertainment events key growth in fair attendance

Quality entertainment, much of it featuring Boone County and area participants, was a key to the success of the Q125 County Fair held July 11-16.

The biggest crowds of the fair were on hand for the two-car chain races and combine demolition derby on Tuesday night, July 14, and the school bus races and ATV motocross races on Wednesday night, July 15.

A full grandstand crowd estimated at 2,900 to 3,000 people attended Tuesday night, while the Wednesday night crowd was estimated at 2,400 to 2,500.

“These events use the resources and population base we have available,” said Chuck Rolf, fair board chairman. “People seem to really enjoy the novel entertainment.”

Overall attendance at entertainment events showed growth this year, and part of it can be attributed to “cooperation from Mother Nature,” Rolf said. Evenings were cool and humidity levels were down through most of the fair.