2011 fair worth crowing about, board declares
By Elise Franco
The Canfield Fair was a success, despite unpredictable weather and lower-than-usual attendance.
Jim Brown, fair board director, said overall the 165th event wrapped up without any major snags.
“Everything went well,” he said. “We had some issues with the weather. ... Attendance will be a little bit down because of it.”
Sunday’s attendance of 63,064 was much lower than the same day in 2010, which was 95,382. Timm Schreiber, another fair board director, said that has to do with Sunday’s off-and-on rain during the day and into the evening.
He said totals were lower than last year on Saturday also, likely due to temperatures in the mid-90s.
Schreiber said the total for Wednesday through Sunday was 233,110. In 2010, the five-day total was 269,031.
He said it’s unlikely Monday’s attendance total would make up the gap.
“It’s been a good fair,” he said. “When it comes to the weather, there are only certain things you can do.”
Brown said attendance isn’t the only indicator of how successful the fair was, however. He said though the weather was unpredictable and poor at times, only one event was canceled because of it — the high school band concert on Thursday.
“We had no major injuries, and everything held together the way it was supposed to,” Brown said. “It was as good as last year’s fair.”
The rain even stopped long enough Sunday night for a nearly sold-out crowd to enjoy the Reba McEntire concert, said George Roman, fair board director.
“She put on a spectacular show,” he said.
Brown credits his fellow board members and fair manager Bev Fisher for another problem-free year.
“It ran smoothly, as it will when you have directors who work as hard as the ones we have here,” he said.
As for when the board will begin planning for the 166th Canfield Fair? Today, Brown said.