Carl Buehrer, president of the Fulton County Fair Board, said Monday the fair was experiencing good crowds.
Over the first four days, Friday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 3, a total of 188,766 people passed through the gates.
That figure is off from the same Friday-through-Monday period in 2011, when 192,910 gate admissions were recorded.
The difference was 4,144, or 2.15%.
The record four-day attendance total was set in 2010, when the figure was 209,746.
The biggest attendance day this year was Saturday, Sept. 1, which was just shy of 60,000. A total of 59,985 people went through the fair gates, which was 18,771, or 45%, more than attended the fair on Saturday in 2011.
Saturday attendance was 746 less than the all-time highest Saturday attendance of 60,731 set in 2009.
On Sunday, Sept. 2, fair board officials tallied an attendance figure of 56,349, down 2,348, or 4%, from the 2011 Sunday figure of 58,697.
The Sunday attendance record of 63,530 was set in 2008.
Fair board officials said the attendance figure for Friday was 25,663, which is 5,769, or 29%, more than Friday in 2011.
Last year, 19,894 went through the gates.
But 2011 was a bit of an anomaly.
Between 1998 and 2012, Friday fair attendance has averaged almost 23,000.
The Friday attendance record of 26,821 was set in 2007.
On Monday, Sept. 3, Labor Day, 46,769 visited.
Attendance on Labor Day 2011 was a record for a Labor Day Monday and for single-day attendance, when a total of 73,105 people went through the gates.
By comparison, the total Monday 2012 attendance was off 26,336, or about 36%.
Pigs Doing Well
Buehrer said there have been no problems from the swine barns reported.
This year, pigs have been suffering from the H3N2v virus, which can be passed to humans. Several Ohio counties have reported people becoming ill after having contact with pigs at fairs.
That problem reached Henry County earlier this summer, where pigs became ill, followed by some of the youngsters who showed pigs in junior fair competition.
Other aspects of the fair are not experiencing any problems, Buehrer said.
However, Buehrer said there have been some bugs with the parking situation.
This year, a new group was taking over management of the parking lots.
“We got a little bit of a problem; we’ve got some bugs with that,” Buehrer said.
“But now that everyone is aware of it, we’ll get that worked out.”
Several persons have complained about problems with cellular telephone service at the fairgrounds.
Buehrer said one company said it was the result of so many people in the area trying to make and receive calls.
Another cell phone company’s calls were getting through with some delay.
Buehrer said fair board officials will look into the possibility of having a temporary cell tower brought to the fairgrounds next year.– David Pugh