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Smooth sailing at this year’s fair

By on August 2, 2017 at 11:57 am

From left, Thomas Newcom, 3, and Skylar Newcom, 5, of Columbia enjoy the dragon ride during Carnival Armband Night at the Monroe County Fair on Thursday. For more photos from fair week, visit (John Spytek photo)

Mild temperatures and largely clear skies brought out the masses last week to the 70th annual Monroe County Fair.

“It was just a great fair this year,” said Monroe County Fair Association Secretary George Obernagel. “It went extremely well.”

After dangerously high temperatures in the days leading up to the opening of the fair, the heat and humidity dropped and fairgoers came out in force.

Wednesday morning’s Rooster Crow Contest had a record 34 entrants and a large crowd of onlookers watched as Vince Gonzalez’s rooster Taco bested his opponents with 48 crows.

The number of livestock entries was largely the same as last year, Obernagel confirmed. While some categories saw small drops in entrants, others had increases. The same can be said of attendance.

“The rain hurt (our attendance) numbers Wednesday and Thursday but the latter part of the week was perfect,” Obernagel said.

Typically muggy Midwestern summer weather made a brief return Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the mid-90s, threatening clouds and a few rain showers. But Friday’s clear, mild evening drew the largest crowd ever to attend the always popular demolition derby.

Gate receipts for the night handily topped last year’s record-setting $44,000. Beer sales were strong as well…>>>

Read the rest of this story in the August 2 issue of the Republic-Times. For more fair photos, click here.

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: