|Fair board is happy with higher numbers at fair|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Numerous people frequented Phillips County Fairgrounds while “Keepin’ it Growing” at the Phillips County Fair. According to fair board chairman Ron Thompson, the fair board as a whole was pleasantly surprised at the turnout. “We couldn’t be happier,” Thompson said.
He noted attendance seemed to be up at many of the events. One of the larger crowds came during Friday’s stock car races. It was estimated just under 2,000 people filled the grandstands, many of which came from the barbecue.
One of the main differences in the fair this year was the use of the new Phillips County Event Center.
Heginbotham Hall served as the hub for open class exhibits and booths. It also made a great place for fairgoers to stop in and visit while cooling down in the air conditioned building.
Some new additions to the fair this year included cow patty bingo and numerous carnival-style games. The air guitar contest also was a hit with different “bands” showing off their talents.
Thompson said they plan to add to the carnival games and noted they were really happy with the clubs and businesses that helped make the games a success. The games were open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Interview judging kicked off the fair Tuesday, July 27 when 4-Hers answered questions about their individual projects in the Biesemeier Room.
The amateur/youth rodeo showcased the talents of many area youth Wednesday, July 28. Earlier in the day, 4-H members competed in the horse show/gymkhana.
The Cowboy Capital Chorus took the stage Thursday night to entertain the crowd. They were joined by the barbershop quartet Equally Delinquent.
Over 500 people enjoyed the barbecue in Homesteaders Park Friday night while watching the performances during the talent show. Another new addition was the air guitar contest where 18 brave souls showed off their air guitar skills.
Elsie and Leo Fisbeck of Paoli rode through the parade Saturday morning as the 2010 Grand Marshals. The parade kicked off a busy family day which included a pet show, petting zoo, combine and pickup derbies, kids’ races and a stick horse rodeo.
Numerous children turned out for the pedal tractor pull which was held directly in front of the grandstands just as the combine derby was winding down.
Randy and Heidi Gunn led the Community Church Service Sunday morning at Homesteaders Park.
The sound of raw power brought an end to the fair Sunday afternoon as tractor owners participated in the antique tractor pull.
Thompson said the fair board has already begun planning for next year. “There are 364 days until we do it all over,” he added.