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Walworth County Fair winds down

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Shelly Birkelo
September 4, 2012

— Before total attendance fair numbers had been recorded Monday, Walworth County Fair Board Treasurer Cindy Klewin summed up overall attendance at this year's event as "pretty good."

"We had a couple days with some heat factors involved, including today when it was warm and humid," she said.

"Saturday, there was some rain in the forecast, so I think that kept a lot of the Illinois people away," Klewin added.

For the most part, Klewin said good weather welcomed fairgoers who came in to see grandstand entertainment such as Wynonna Judd, Chris Young and REO Speedwagon.

"Overall, we still had people come out with the heat," Klewin said. "It's the rain that holds them off. Otherwise we couldn't ask for any better."

Skee-ball, which an independent game vendor had offered in previous years at the fair, was not present this year.

"But the midway (North American Midway) has a Skee-ballgame," said Klewin, who would not comment further on the issue.

Klewin said those who missed attending this year's event should be sure to come back next year for the 164th edition.

"We have a lot to offer," she said. "Once you're in the gate there's a lot of things going on."

Klewin also noted the Walworth County Fair is a dry fair.

"We don't have any alcohol," she said. "We're just a family fair and a great fair to come and see."

Klewin said the interactive barnyard adventure area, which has won international awards for its creativity, again provided a fun fair option for families with children.

"We've had it for a number of years and every year it grows and grows," she said.

Although it's been a long, tiring week for Klewin, she said she and other fair board members spend all year looking forward to the actual event.

"There's a lot of planning," she said. "But once it's over, we start planning for the next one. It's very enjoyable."



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