BAZETTA -- Cool, pleasant weather and exciting grandstand attractions have contributed to an increase in attendance at the first couple of days at the Trumbull County Fair, officials say.
Paid attendance over the first two days was 16,000 -- about 5,000 more than last year, said Rich Roscoe, fair board president.
"The weather has been with us," he said. "Even a week or 10 days ago, the weather has been falling into place, which it normally doesn't."
Helping matters was the addition of a grandstand attraction for the fair's first day. The schedule was changed to accommodate demolition derbies Tuesday and Wednesday, and a motorcycle racing event Thursday.
So far, the grandstand has been standing room only every night, Roscoe said.
Fairgoers have also been treated to more food and rides than in the past.
Concession space for the fair is sold out, and only a few vendors paid for their spots and failed to show up, Roscoe said.
On the midway
Bates Amusements has provided 30 rides this year, three more than in the past, he said. Most visible is Twister, a circular slide which towers above the midway.
Roscoe said he has seen more children than ever before at the fair, and the response of visitors has been overwhelmingly positive.
"So far, I haven't heard anything bad," he said.
He said the food stall managers have been pleased with the turnout.
Business has been good at the Dairy Barn, which serves milk and milkshakes to raise money for county 4-H clubs.
"The milkshake machines were going from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. last night," Dairy Bar manager Loretta Wolfarth said Thursday.