While the Delaware County Fair may not have started with a bang, it didn’t go out with a whimper, either.
The fair received a mediocre attendance last Monday, fair board director Kevin O’Brien said Saturday, with rubber boots the fashion for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
“The rainy wet days meant for a lower than normal attendance,” O’Brien said. “But every day after that attendance picked up and was on track with other years.”
“By the end of the week, I’d say the attendance was a tad up compared to last year,” said Danny Hodges, fair board president. “The 5K Run was fantastic and the concert had a great turnout.”
The 5K run, held on Saturday morning, was one of the new features at the fair. “Over 150 runners registered,” Chairman Beth O’Brien commented. “Quite a few of the runners came from out of state because they were able to take showers afterward and attend the fair on Saturday. We advertised on Active.com and Facebook, and people came.”
The crowd of runners drew comment from Erica Gretchen, an operator for Fast Finishes, the company that timed each rider.
“This is an awesome turn out for an inaugural 5K run,” Gretchen observed. After the run, awards were handed out in 6 categories, plus overall awards for the best man and best woman, who each also received tickets for the Saturday evening Montgomery Gentry concert.
Each participant received a runner’s bag which included among other items, a water bottle and a t-shirt stamped with this year’s logo, The Fair with the Flair. The run began at 8:30 a.m., bolstering a morning crowd.
The vendors serving breakfast ramped up accordingly for the early Saturday throng. The EMS squad also scheduled for more of the EMS staff to be on site the last day of the fair. Michelle Phoenix, EMS member, said, “Between the 5K run and nice weather, the team stayed busy with a large crowd.”