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Rough truck competition tonight; official says 'fair's going great'

Madeline Roche • Aug 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Thursday was Senior Citizen Day at the Huron County Fair and seniors were admitted for 1 cent.

“I love it all,” Margaret Johnson said about the fair.

Johnson was a contestant in the senior king and queen pageant Thursday morning from the Laurels of New London.

In addition to the contest, bingo and music were events for seniors to enjoy. 

“Fair’s going great,” Fair Board Member Barney Bacon said.

However, rain fell on and off throughout the day, which brought down attendance.

“Today [Thursday] has been really, very slow out there. We’ve been, up until today, doing just great. We’re ahead of last year,” Bacon said.

After the rain slowed down, activity picked up, especially for the Senior Enrichment Services booth.

“It’s been good. We’ve been staying busy. We’ve had people asking questions and we’ve been give out newsletters,” said Carlos Vazquez, an employee at the booth, which can be found in the commercial building.

There also were booths geared towards seniors set up in the Pickworth building. 

Thursday evening activities included the ATV races and the small livestock sale.

At 6:30 p.m. today, there will be a Rough Truck/Rough Car Competition in the grandstand area.

Rain might affect today’s festivities as well.

Today’s forecast calls for an 80-percent chance of rain, with a high of 81 and a low of 67.

Previous days in the week had favorable weather.

“I think with Monday night’s weather was so perfect. The midway was full, there was people coming in and eating food and everything and then Tuesday night the cheerleaders bring out a lot of people,” Bacon said.

Fairgoers have had favorable things to say about the fair so far.

“We’ve had a couple more cool things this year with the glass blowing and the wood carver and the bubble man again,” Bacon said. 

Wednesday was Veteran’s day and all veterans were admitted to the fair for one cent.

The attendance was 8,421, including 519 veterans, which is more than last year’s attendance of 8,300.

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