County fair attendance up this year

7,000 more came despite the harsh temperatures

BAZETTA — Despite scorching temperatures the week of July 7, the Trumbull County Fair drew approximately 7,000 more people this year than in 2018.

Last year, attendance was 39,259. This year, it jumped to 46,671, fair officials said.

Steve Burbach, a Trumbull County Fair Board director for three years, said, “We try to make the fair better for the kids. It’s all for the kids.”

The 15 board members donate considerable time to planning and executing the fair every year.

And although the fair has first aid and medics on staff every year, the medics might have been a little busier this year because of the heat, fair board members said at their meeting Thursday.

New this year was the Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana (KOI) drag race where there were multiple winners. Burbach said the race went extremely well for the first year and he is in favor of bringing it back next year.

A variety of different vehicles participated in the race, from modified dragsters to four-wheelers.

“Basically, whatever drivers brought, they were able to race. Even a limousine raced,” he said.

The board members will decide in the fall which events will be held in 2020.

Another board director, Jason Willis, discussed ways of improving the fair’s missing child procedure. This year, one child did get lost, but was quickly reunited with family.

Board president Harry “Bud” Rodgers said, “I think all gates should be locked if there is a lost child, so no one can come in or out. We’ll work on that.”

Several events were highly successful. In fact, 4,000 people were drawn to the rodeo; 5,000 attended the tractor pull; the demolition derby was packed with 6,500 to 7,000 people; and more than 7,500 attended the motorcycle stunt show.

“There were more bikes this year than last,” Burbach said. “There was a great response to the show.”

Board members agreed this year’s livestock sale was well organized and the dollars were up from last year. The total for the sale was just shy of $355,000, with 277 lots sold, the board said.

Board volunteer and 4-H adviser, Jan Soloman, said Highland Field Services donated $5,000 to make improvements to the sheep barn. So far, new posts have been added, animal bedding has been enhanced and drainage has been installed on the outside of the barn.

The board passed a motion to hold next year’s fair July 7 to 12 upon the approval of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.