The weather was nearly perfect for the 156th county fair.
By STEPHEN SIFF
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
BAZETTA -- The lemon shakes, cotton candy and baby goats are all now just memories until next year.
The gates closed on another Trumbull County Fair on Sunday evening after six days of rides, demolition derbies, tractor pulls and animal shows.
"Everything has been good," said Terry Evans, a fair board member. "Usually, we have rain, or it is too hot or something, but this year it was just perfect."
During the unseasonably pleasant days, families clogged the midways and children lined up to take their turn on spinning and clanking rides.
Under the bandstand, Jessica Starr, 10, of Champion, took in a lesson on invertebrates on a television attached to a microscope in the Trumbull County Health Department tent.
Health department staff said between 50 and 100 people wandered through their booth each day.
"It is kind of strange," said Jessica, grimacing at the larvae on screen. "But the rides are always fun."
At the duck pond, a game where any child capable of grabbing a floating ducky is guaranteed a prize, Scott Staymate of St. Clairsville said he spent between two and three hours a day restocking his supply of stuffed animal prizes.
"Business is not too bad," he said. "It is keeping me happy."
The demolition derby and motocross race -- both traditional crowd pleasers -- filled the 5,500-seat grandstand early in the week.
Less successful was the Friday night concert by country act Emerson Drive.
"I think maybe it may have been too western," Evans said. "We possibly need to go more pop than country."
Crowds and good weather at the weeklong 156th edition of the fair put Leonard Seni of Stowe in a good mood despite the fact sunny days seemed to distract people from his basement waterproofing pitch.
"They're just walking by, to eat or something, I don't know," he said. "I'm as bored as heck."
If anyone could be expected to be bored, it might have been Jeff Havlin, associate pastor at North-Mar Church of the Missionary Alliance, who has been at the fair every fair day but one over the last three years. But their puppet show has been attracting an audience, and there is the lure of gyros just beyond the commercial building door.
"You have to have all you can because it has got to last all year," he said.