The 2013 Fulton County Fair, held Friday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sept. 5, set three attendance records.
A new seven-day total attendance record was recorded, with 298,346 persons entering the fairgrounds.
The new record is 38,013, or 14.6%, more than in 2012, when attendance was 260,315.
Records kept by the Archbold Buckeye going back to 1998 show a previous sevenday record of 282,417 set in 2010. The difference between 2010 and 2013 is 15,929 persons, or 5.6%.
•A new four-day record attendance of 212,505 was set from Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2.
The previous four-day attendance record was 209,746, which also was set in 2010. The new four-day attendance total is 2,759 more than the old record.
•There was a new record set Tuesday, Sept. 3, when there were 31,733 admissions.
The previous Tuesday record was 29,421, set in 2011. The new record is 2,312, or 7.9%, more.
Attendance was better five out of six days than in 2012. Friday attendance was lower than in 2012.
Dennis Wyse, Fulton County Fair Board president, said the board was very pleased with the results.
“The guys worked on it all year long, and we knew the weather was going to be cooperative. That’s a huge part of it,” Wyse said.
“When you’ve got high humidity or rain, that holds ‘em back.”
Wyse said they were expecting good attendance, as other county fairs were reporting good numbers.
Also, groups that rent the Fulton County Fairgrounds in the off-season were experiencing good crowds.
For example, the National Threshers Association, which runs the annual thresher’s reunion in June, reported record crowds, Wyse said.
He speculated that families are skipping big annual vacations, deciding instead to take in events closer to home.
In addition to good attendance, Wyse said the board “got the perspective that people spent more money” at the fair than they had in the recent past.
While the financial results may not be ready next month, “We’re encouraged. Vendors said their percentages were up. We could tell they were very satisfied,” he said.
The grandstand shows did well. The Sunday night rock music and Monday night country music concerts were sold out.
“It was the first time ever the Sunday and Monday shows sold out (the grandstand seats) back-to-back,” he said.
There was still some space available in standing room on the track between the grandstand and the stage for the Sunday night show.
Wyse said standing room was sold out Monday night.
“We turned people away.”
Also, the Thursday night demolition derby sold out for the second year in a row.
“We were pleased with the way it turned out,” he said.