By ROBERT S. MERRILL
The annual Franklin County Fair ended on Saturday with the bull bonanza in a packed arena at the fairgrounds. A variety of events through the week brought out good crowds, despite very hot and breezy weather.
“Things really came together,” Fair committee chair Wes Harris said. “We had a really good week and hopefully had lots of things that appealed to most everyone.
“We had a good number of animals in the fair this year. I’m excited about how things shaped up. We had a lot of great community support at the animal sales. Prices really held up and maybe were just a little ahead of last year.
We had lots of excellent entertainment, vendors and food booths,” said Harris. “The grounds looked great as did all the fair buildings. We had a lot of entries in all the buildings.”
Harris said a new road on the west side of the fairgrounds really helped with congestion this year. This past spring the county purchased some acreage directly west of the existing fairgrounds for future expansion and county road crews graveled the roadway.
“This purchase was an excellent investment for the county and will allow us room to expand in the future,” he said.
Laura Roberts, in charge of entertainment, said crowds enjoyed hypnotist Chris Mabrey. He put on two different performances.
“We had an exceptional turnout on Friday evening for Fair Factor, sponsored by Rodeo Motors. The winner received a $250 cash prize,” she said. “Following Fair Factor, No Limits Band entertained folks at 8 p.m. They are a really good group and the crowd enjoyed them.”
On Saturday Jen Marco, a noted singer, performed.
“She’s an incredible singer and has done soundtracks for Marie Osmond. We’re definitely going to have her back,” said Roberts.
Roberts said free cake, celebrating the county’s centennial, was served to the crowd by commissioners in the early evening in the grassy area next to the pavilion. “That seemed to be a big hit with everyone.”
Harris said a list of fair results will be available in coming days and will published in The Citizen soon.
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