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Attendance drops in gloomy weather



Published: Wed, September 6, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Attendance recovered Sunday and Monday after a dreary Saturday.

CANFIELD -- The Canfield Fair is down in attendance over last year, likely because of cool and rainy weather over the weekend.

Kathy Bennett, fair board president, said there's no way yet to even guess if this year's fair was profitable, because the board hasn't had time to analyze its figures.

Bennett said Tuesday, however, that the quality of this year's fair was "better than ever."

"Other than the bad weather, it was an excellent fair," she said.

This year's fair drew 317,485 people, compared with 354,904 last year.

Saturday's attendance totals were most notable. Last year, 76,412 people came to the fair Saturday, but this year, cold rain held the total to 29,504.

Up for Sunday and Monday

Attendance recovered Sunday and Monday. This year, Sunday's crowd totaled 87,475, compared with 92,637 last year. Monday's crowd of 77,715 beat last year's total of 71,251.

Bennett said that the fair would likely not make as much money as last year.

She said the board's expenses were the same if not higher because more flattening and reseeding had to be done than usual on the grounds.

She said that the shows went well, and that for the first three days at least, vendors seemed happy.

There was a waiting list for vendors to get in to the fair, like always, she said.

Bennett said there were no major medical problems the fair had to deal with this year.

Bennett said the fair board will meet next in October. She said she's sure there will be some changes for next year.

"We're always looking for new things."




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