Attendance Highs and Lows at The 2015 Linn County Fair

The 2015 Linn County Fair was another successful fair, “Where Great Memories were Made” by many fair goers.  The Linn County Fair ran from June 24th to 29th this year in Central City. The fair was filled with crowd favorites and fun new events for the whole family.The new grandstand events brought out new people to the fair but the weather kept others away. This can be seen throughout the fair with the overall grandstand and fair attendance. 

Opening Program held in the Indoor Arena- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Opening Program held in the Indoor Arena- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Rain on Wednesday moved the evening events, Fairboard Cookout, Opening Program and Donkey Races from the grandstand to the Indoor Arena. Due to the rain,the overall attendance for Wednesday of the fair was down from the previous year by 25%. 

Thursday of the fair is Youth Day, an opportunity for youth of all ages to come to the fair and enjoy the many free events and activities that are on hand. They get to experience a local county fair like no other. Thursday overall was a record breaking day with a total day attendance over 11,000 people, the most on record for a Thursday of the fair. 

2015 Youth Day - Photo courtesy of Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

2015 Youth Day – Photo courtesy of Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

It seemed that it rained every other day of the Linn County Fair this year, Friday was another one of those rainy days. It kept many fairgoers away during the rain showers during the day, but the sun came out in the afternoon and so did the crowds to enjoy Sammy Kershaw in concert. The concert ended up being the second largest crowd we had for a concert at The Linn County Fair over the past 10 years, second only to the John Michael Montgomery concert held last year at the fair.

Sammy Kershaw Concert -  Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Sammy Kershaw Concert – Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Mother nature cooperated on Saturday and allowed the people of Linn County and surrounding areas to come out to the fair to create their own memories. One of the new grandstand events this year was bringing old time country back to the fair with Leroy Van Dyke and local legends Dave Dighton’s Band. We heard great reviews of the show and how it brought back many great memories of many concert goers.

Leroy Van Dyke signing autographs after the concert- Photo courtesy of G.G. Photography

Leroy Van Dyke signing autographs after the concert- Photo courtesy of G.G. Photography

Saturday was a huge day and ended with a bang! Not only did the fair break a one day overall attendance record on Saturday with over 12,300 people, but we also had a record breaking crowd at the Truck and Tractor Pull that evening with a total of about 2,600 people. Both previous records were set in 2012.

2015 ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull - Photo provided by G.G. Photography

2015 ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull – Photo provided by G.G. Photography

The threat of rain was back on Sunday. There were many calls and concerns if the Impact Pro Wrestling and Chuckwagon Races would go on if the rain hit the fairgrounds. The rain stayed away and both events went on as planned. Due to the threat of storms many fairgoers did stay at home causing the overall fair attendance to be down 30% on Sunday from previous year.

Chuckwagon Races- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

Chuckwagon Races- Photo provided by G.G. Photography

With the heavy rains on Tuesday prior to fair, the 4-H/FFA Horse and Pony show got moved to Monday of the fair to take place along with the 4-H/FFA Horse and Pony Games Show. Monday of the fair ended up being a beautiful day for the Horse and Pony Show, the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction and the 4-H Dance to end the 2015 Linn County Fair! It was calm day compared to the storms that hit the fairgrounds on Monday of the fair last year. 

4-H/FFA Horse & Pony Show- Photo courtesy of Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

4-H/FFA Horse & Pony Show- Photo courtesy of Todd Hunt & Rae Ann Holub of The Linn News-Letter

The Linn County Fair got knocked around again this year by Mother Nature, causing the overall fair attendance to be down by 5% from the record set in 2014 for the six day fair. With that being said The Linn County Fair has come along way in 10 years and has seen a 450% growth in that time span from 7,000 people in attendance in 2006 to this year’s 39,000 attendance. 

Linn County Fair Association being introduced at the Open Program - Photo courtesy of G.G. Photography

Linn County Fair Association being introduced at the Open Program – Photo courtesy of G.G. Photography

Special thanks to the many volunteers that helped make the 2015 Linn County Fair another successful fair! Many thanks for the continuous support and dedication of our many Community Partners and the Linn County Supervisors, without their support The Linn County Fair Association couldn’t continue to provide a free fair and provide a great local county fair for Linn County and surrounding communities. Many “Great Memories were Made” at the 2015 Linn County Fair in Central City!

To take a look back at The 2015 Linn County Fair and check out the many pictures for the week’s events by going to https://www.flickr.com/photos/thelinncountyfair/collections/72157654918643079/ See you back at the fair June 22-27, 2016!

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