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Monroe County Fair enjoys banner year

By on August 1, 2018 at 3:40 pm

Monroe County Fair Queen Belle Plew and Little Miss Kaleigh Halleran display the American flag for the National Anthem at the start of Sunday’s FFA Fun Night at the fair. See more photos in this week’s paper and in future issues as well as by clicking here(Corey Saathoff photo)

Although Illinois’ financial situation has caused other county fairs to struggle or disappear, the Monroe County Fair continued going strong again this year. 

“It was a banner year, the weather was perfect and things were good,” Monroe County Fair Association President Don Schrader said. 

That was a sentiment echoed by Monroe County Fair Association Secretary George Obernagel. 

“I think this fair was a great year,” Obernagel said. “There was a lot of great livestock shows, great entertainment, more demo cars than last year and a great tractor pull. I think it was one of the best year’s we’ve ever had with weather and people participating in the events.”

The fair saw high temperatures mostly in the 80s, though the thermometer may have approached 90 degrees once or twice. It rained Thursday and Sunday afternoon, but the attendance numbers were still strong.

“Attendance was one of the best years ever,” Schrader said. “It exceeded last year with the exception of Monday night. Monday was a little slow. The rest of the week was up and above.”

The biggest event of the fair, the auto demolition derby, once again drew a massive crowd. 

Last year, attendance topped the previous year’s record of $44,000 collected at the gates. This year, estimates show the Friday night event grew again.

Melinda Braun prepares her cow for dairy judging last Wednesday at the Monroe County Fair. For more fair photos, click here. (James “Tal” Moss photo)

“It’s hard to say what ticket sales are because so many passes are there, but it was over a record crowd,” Obernagel said…>>> 

To view photos from the fair, click here. Additional photos are being added daily.

Read the rest of this article in the August 1, 2018, issue of the Republic-Times newspaper.

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James Moss