Walworth County Fair tops last year's totals

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ELKHORN—Good weather helped drive attendance at this year's Walworth County Fair, organizers said Monday night.

A total of 133,369 people passed through the gates, said Susan Pruessing, marketing and public relations manager for the fair.

“This weather was ideal,” Pruessing said. “Right before the fair opened, the forecast didn't look so good.”

But instead of hot and humid as the forecast predicted, the weather was warm but not unbearably so. Even Monday's predicted rain showers amounted to almost nothing.

Attendance last year was 130,685.

The fair board has been keeping track of attendance since 1970. The record attendance was in 1999, when 194,057 people passed through the gates.

The lowest was in 1970, when 97,153 people came to the fair.

The biggest day for this year's fair was Sunday, when attendance reached 35,720. The band Foreigner performed Friday evening. Also on stage was Megan Ruger, a Badger High School graduate who is now performing in Nashville.

A local high school choir also performed with Foreigner.

“A lot of the kids weren't quite sure who Foreigner was, but all of them knew who Megan was,” Pruessing said.

Little Big Town, a country group that last performed at the fair in 2008, was also a hit on Saturday. More than 25,000 attended the fair that day.

Walworth County Fair Board President Dave Adams said organizers were “so fortunate” with the weather.

Although he has served on the board for many years, it was his first year as its president.

The best part of this year's fair?

“Walking around and seeing thousands of smiling faces,” Adams said.

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