The overall attendance numbers at the 2016 Scioto County Fair is down when compared to previous years, but organizers are optimistic attendance will pick back up by the end of the fair.
According to the Scioto County Fair Board, Monday’s attendance was 3,965 — up 611 people from 2015. On Tuesday, 3.052 people attended the fair: a difference of 1,840 from 2015 attendance numbers. On Wednesday, 4,413 people attended the fair: a difference of 881 people from 2015 attendance numbers.
“Ultimately, I think the threat of storms have kept some people away,” Rob Seaman, chairman of the Scioto County Fair Board said. “We’re continuing to see a bit of an increase (in attendance) through the week. Tuesday night we had a bad storm and it hurt us. We did not have any rain last night and we had a real good show (with the group Diamond Rio performing).”
Seaman said there is still a lot of things yet to experience on the fair schedule.
On Thursday, there were two performances of the Circus Continental. Seaman said Thursday is always his favorite day of the fair because the circus performances brings a lot of children to the fair.
Thursday also included the poultry and rabbit auction as well as a flower show, 4-H Swine Show and performances from the Northwest and Green High School Bands.
The Friday fair schedule includes a performance by Joe Diffie on the main stage, a 4-H Dairy Cattle Show, a 4-H English Horse Show, an open dairy show, the showman of showman contest as well as performances by the Wheelersburg and Portsmouth West High School Bands.
Seaman said the demolition derby on Saturday always brings people to the fair.
“Saturday is always a big day for us because a lot of folks don’t work that day and will come out and enjoy the fair. If people wait for a day to come (to the fair), they generally wait til Saturday,” Seaman said.
He complemented the way traffic is being handled for those seeking to enter or leave the fairgrounds.
“The $10 admission fee is all inclusive in terms of the rides, parking and gate admission. That’s something we’ve been holding on to and a lot of fairs don’t do that anymore,” Seaman said.
The Saturday schedule has the demolition derby starting at 5 p.m. and the Junior Fair Livestock Sale starting at 10 a.m.
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