September 21, 2014

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Lorain County Fair: Attendance down compared with 2013, still a ‘success’

Lorain County Fair officials say attendance was down about 3 percent from last year. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Lorain County Fair officials say attendance was down about 3 percent from last year. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Lorain County Fair attendance was down about 3 percent from last year, but fair President Kim Meyers said Sunday that the event was a success.

While the only rain during the weeklong fair, which ended Sunday, was Tuesday, Meyers said the threat of rain on other days may have kept some people away.

“By and large, we think the result was pretty good this year,” he said. “We feel very blessed that the week turned out as good as it did with the weather.”

Attendance was 126,423 compared with 130,568 last year. Attendance was 126,497 in 2012 compared with 136,145 in 2011 and 131,675 in 2010.

Meyers, fair president since 2012 and involved with the fair since 1989, said Saturday is traditionally the most-attended day. This year was no different with 25,199 attending.

Attendance was 17,830 Monday, 16,949 Tuesday, 15,953 Wednesday, 13,810 Thursday, 19,858 Friday and 16,824 Sunday.

Admission was $5 for adults and free for children 8 and younger. Roughly 500 vendors participated in the fair, paying between $1,000 and $1,500 for booths based on location, size of the space and sales volume.

Meyers said he expects to know at the fair’s Sept. 9 Board of Directors meeting how much revenue the fair earned. Profits are spent on improvements and repairs, which cost approximately $250,000 to $300,000 annually.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter at @egoodenowct.

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  • Beentheredonethat

    I’ll bet that less money was spent by the people who did attend this year. The middle class has less and less discretionary income to spend each year the way the country going.