Gate numbers up at fair and horse show

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Economy a factor as vendor sales fall

By Shannon Brock

Even temperatures in the 90s and a suffering economy couldn’t keep people away from the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show.

“Looking at the hot, muggy weather we had, and the economy, we had a pretty good fair,” said Wayne Hanks, horse show manager. “The gate was up a little bit.”

The fair gate saw an increase in ticket sales, but vendor sales were down, Hanks said.

“All the vendors I talked to said it was down every where they set up,” he said.

As usual, gate admission covered the carnival rides, and patrons could pay extra for fair food and games.

“A lot of people paid admission, but were not spending with the vendors,” Hanks said.

Monday night’s truck pull — a new event this year — brought in a good crowd.

However, the demolition derby, which was scheduled for Tuesday night, was canceled, Hanks said.

The same motor sports promoter hired for the truck pull didn’t bring in enough entrants for the demolition derby, he said.

“We hated that,” Hanks said, adding that because this is the season for fairs, he thought possible participants were booked at other locations with established traditions of demolition derbies.

However, Hanks said a demolition derby is in the works to be held at the fairgrounds in the next couple months.

“We’ll probably have another one,” he said. “It just won’t be associated with the fair.”

Also new this year was NoJoe’s Clown Circus. The circus seemed to be a hit with good crowds sitting for the shows each night, Hanks said. The chainsaw artist also drew a lot of interest even though Saturday’s auction of his creations was down a little from previous years, Hanks said.

This was the 137th year for the fair.

“I hope the community enjoyed it,” said Hanks.

E-mail Shannon Mason Brock at sbrock@theandersonnews.com