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St. Joseph County Fair expects boost in attendance


The St. Joseph County Fair is expecting attendance to be up this year, and the new attractions aren't the only reason. The main factor in boosting attendance will be the weather.

This time last year, Michiana was in the midst of a drought and it was ninety degrees or hotter. This year's weather has been different with temperatures in the seventies and a good breeze.

Danielle Scheel a fair attendee described the fair just a year ago, "Last year was just really bad...I came with some friends and it just got really hot."

Not everyone even made it to the fair last year

Tricia Singleton wasn't able to come, but she still knew it was steamy.

Singleton said, "I didn't but I heard it was a doozy."

Fair Board President Lee Slavinskas says because of the heat last year most people didn't show up at the fair.

"The numbers were really down last year...Once it starts getting well over ninety degrees people just stay home.  We had to deal with that for about four or five days last year."

Last year at some county fairs the animals did get sick.Organizers don't think this will be a problem again with the nicer weather. The animals get stressed when it gets above ninety, and with forecasts well below that high, the animals should be fine. Organizers always have fans and ventilation to keep the animals cool just in case.

This year temperatures are expected to be mostly in the 70's or low 80's. Slavinskas and other fair organizers are very excited about that forecast and said that'll bring people through the gates.

Lee Slavinskas said, "It's going to drastically change attendance."

Fair attendees agree they prefer this years weather.

Scheel said, "It's way better this year."

Singleton agreed with this and said, "You can enjoy yourself. When you're so hot you just can't enjoy yourself, no matter what you're doing."

With the lower temperatures Slavinskas is happy fair-goers will really be able to savor all the new attractions.

Lee Slavinskas said,  "We have more than we've had in a number of years.  Demolition derby's, tractor pulls, rodeos."

Family's are happy that unpleasant weather won't keep them away from the fair this year.

Tricia Singleton said, "Every kid needs to experience a fair."

The Fair goes until July 6th, with the animals displays beginning June 29th, and the first concert is on June 30th.


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