County Fair Has Big Turnout

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Encouraged by picture perfect weather, thousands flocked to the 23rd annual Hamilton County Fair this weekend. The county event takes place the last weekend of every September. Folks who have been kept away by fluctuating weather the last few years took advantage of the ideal conditions to travel to the two locations where buses could transport them to Chester Frost Park's Dallas Island where the fair takes place.

Visitors found a wide array of arts and crafts, music groups and all kinds of traditional fair food ranging from funnel cakes to corn dogs and all kinds of delectables in between.
Plus, jam packed crowds watched a variety of dance performers at the Community Stage on Saturday and a bewildering variety of athletic events on Sunday including an incredible 70 minute performance by Southern Adventist University's Gymmasters Sunday afternoon.

At least two vendors spoke enthusiastically about their weekend effort. One Coke wagon worker described his activity Saturday afternoon as a marathon effort betwwen 4 and 6 o'clock. Late Sunday afternoon, as the clock hit five with an hour before the fair's end, one funnel cake worker told her boss there were only nine cakes left as three people waited to get their orders of funnel cakes and the boss counted those in line waiting to order. Asked if he had a good fair, the vendor replied, "We had a very good year and we'll be back."

Based on the turnout, many others will also.

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