Story by ROBERT S. MERRILL and photos by CITIZEN STAFF
The annual Franklin County Fair ended on Saturday with the Bull Bonanza in a packed arena at the fairgrounds. A variety of events and entertainment all last week brought out good crowds, despite warm and sometimes 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 and other exhibits 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. The grounds looked great, as did all the fair buildings. We had a lot of entries in all the buildings.”
Harris said a road on the west side of the fairgrounds that was constructed last summer really helped with congestion this year. Last spring the county purchased some acreage directly west of the existing fairgrounds for future expansion and county road crews graveled the roadway last summer.
“This purchase was an excellent investment for the county and will allow us room to expand in the future,” he said.
“In fact, I really want to thank both the city and county road crews for all their assistance. I want to thank city and county elected officials for making this help possible. During fair time the entire community jumps in to help resolve any problems we have. That’s one thing I love about the fair.”
Harris also expressed appreciation for Laura Roberts, who has organized the entertainment for the fair in recent years. Harris said Roberts is stepping down from this responsibility.
Crowds enjoyed hypnotist Chris Mabrey. He put on two different performances, said Harris.
“We had an exceptional turnout on Friday evening for Fair Factor, sponsored by Rodeo Motors. Following Fair Factor, the Nathan Osmond Band entertained folks at 8 p.m. They are a really good group and the crowd enjoyed them.”
Harris said the Ranch Rodeo was really good this year, despite muddy conditions. That event kicked off the fair on Aug. 9 at the rodeo arena. The crowds this year were really up, he said.
“We had an excellent turnout for the annual Bull Bonanza. It was a really good show, even though only one rider stayed on a bull for the timed event,” he said.
Harris said a list of fair results will be available in coming days and will be available to the public.
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