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Trumbull fair sees 44,000 attend

Staff photo / R. Michael Semple D.J. Wasko, 16, of Lordstown, left, Cody Kibler, 16, of Lordstown, center, and John Morrison, 13, of Williamsfield, take an afternoon nap last week in the cow barn at the Trumbull County Fair on July 13 after staying up the previous night. The boys are in 4-H and various clubs in the organization.

BAZETTA — Jack Lammers, the Trumbull County Fair Board’s vice president, said he was a little worried when rain swept through the first day of the fair July 13. But Sunday’s sunshine and clear skies brought many people with the total six-day fair attendance hitting 44,144.

Lammers said the 175th year for the fair was a success with receipts at $432,877 compared to receipts from 2019 at $354,395. While attendance was less than 2019, which was at 46,671, officials said they were pleased following a year of lockdown.

With no fair held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lammers said people were ready to come back.

“I remember on Tuesday (July 13), I sat here in the rain that would not end. I was a little nervous of what was ahead with some of the bad rains and flooding some days. There were some days with rain and some without. Sunday was a really good day for us with 11,757 general admission tickets. We are in the black. We are all super happy,” Lammers said.

Lammers said he knew Sunday was the best attendance day as fair workers had to park people in the grassy field overflow area across Bazetta Road, which is used when the fairgrounds parking is full.

“Sunday was our day. We were running out of parking space. We were helping people find parking space wherever we could. We had a lot of big four-wheel drive trucks needing spots. Sunday always brings crowds out to see the fireworks and the demolition derby. The grandstand was packed,” he said.

Lammers said the flooding on Saturday was a concern and led to the cancellation of the tractor pull.

Another fair statistic this year is total general admissions of 35,953 at $12 per person compared to 37,254 in 2021 at $10 per person.

Lammers said the fair’s first day is $1 admission with 6,560 this year despite the rain, compared to 8,777 people on the first day in 2019.

Ride tickets were 3,551 at $10 this year compared to 5,681 in 2019 at a $7 price.

Senior citizens attending this year reached 2,239 and 3,124 in 2019.

Credit card sales for general admission were 2,138 this year compared to 510 in 2019.

Officials said the fair in the 1980s saw some of its highest attendance. Michele Smith, a fair board member, said there were years in the 1980s where attendance was 82,000.

Smith with the exception of the heavy rain on a few of the six days of the fair, the 175th year went well.

She said weather always plays a factor with attendance.

“Sunday was so much better, (but) even with the rain on some days people still came to the fair,” she added.

Smith said with the fair being cut back last year more people were excited to be able to get back outside and attend. “People want to get out of the house and have some fun after being off for a year,” she said.

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