Royalty contests the senior king and queen contest as well as the junior king and queen contest were among the highlights at the Huron County Fair on Tuesday, which was the second day of the week-long fair in Norwalk. Stories about both contests appear on page A-3.
Tuesday's attendance at the fair was 8,121, including 1,468 seniors.
That is down from 9,239 patrons last year, including about 1,800 seniors. Second-day attendance was 9,409 (including about 2,000 seniors) in 2004 and 8,630 (2,870) in 2003.
You couldn't blame the weather for the drop in attendance.
"The weather was very nice for the senior citizens," Senior Fair office worker Ruth Swander said. "They were able to walk around and see many things."
Swander said the grandstands were full for the cheer bonanza. "It was hoppin'," she said.
Boosted by a sold-out Rodney Atkins concert, Monday's attendance was 7,692 the highest opening-day figure in at least six years.
Today is Veteran's Day and Kid's Day, which means free admission for everyone until 3 p.m., although rides cost extra. Veterans are admitted for 1 cent after 3 p.m. Free bean soup will be available at the Veteran's Pavilion.
Today's forecast calls for partly sunny skies, with a high of 81 and a low of 63.
Today's activities include a kiddie tractor pull at 4 p.m., the OSTPA Tractor Pull at 6:30 and a pony pull at 7.
Thursday's offerings include the small livestock sale at 6 p.m., and ATV races at 7.