According to organizers, the Morgan County Fair this year was one of the best attended in as long as a decade.
“The fair went well this year,” said Fair President Kris Krammer. “We had a huge, huge attendance.”
Particularly, the open horse show had more participants that it has in the last 10 years, organizers say.
“We had more horses in that arena than we have had in a long time,” said Roland Haslam, a member of the fair board.
This year, fair organizers scratched the mini moto event in favor of a demolition derby.
“We were very nervous about it,” Krammer said. “It was a lot of expense, and we didn’t have a large amount of cars. But we sold out.”
Krammer said she stopped selling tickets once the event escalated to standing room only for onlookers.
“We had a lot of positives about it,” Krammer said. “We are going to do it again.”
“The derby will be back,” Haslam said.
The rodeo sold out both Friday and Saturday night, Krammer said.
Moving the ATV rodeo to the main arena was a smart decision this year, Krammer said.
The fair also benefitted from the presence of county-owned heavy equipment and employees, Haslam said.
Based on the number of kits sold at the Lowe’s and Home Depot booths, at least 400 children attended the fair each day for two days, Krammer said. The build-a-bear event had sign up sheets full by 7 a.m.
Krammer said proceeds from the quilt auction will help purchase tents.
Haslam said the fair’s successes are due largely to competent and experience committees.
“We get out of the way and allow them to do it,” Haslam said. “We give our support and stay out of the way.”
Because organizers are hoping for stellar fair attendance in the future, they have already released the dates for the 2013 county fair: July 25 through Aug. 3. The 4-H hors show will be the first event on July 25 and 26, followed by the parade on July 27.
Although close to the Pioneer Day state holiday, the 2013 date was set to avoid competing with the Davis and Weber County fairs.
The 2012 fair was not without its bumps, Krammer said. Of particular concern was parking enforcement, especially during well attended events such as the demolition derby and the rodeo.
“We have outgrown the $10,000 budget,” Krammer said.
“We have outgrown the fair board and their families running the fair. If you want the fair to grow and keep going, think about it,” Haslam told the county council.
Morgan County Councilman Robert Kilmer suggested requiring all county employees to work a part of their shift the week of the fair at the fair.
“They can give a couple of hours that week, as part of their pay,” Kilmer said.
Haslam said many small counties in the state shut down county buildings the week of the fair.