2010 Mesa County fair sets attendance record

The 2010 Mesa County Fair rebuffed the recession to enjoy its highest attendance ever, a fact organizers attribute to low entrance fees and new events they say proved popular with revelers.

A total of 56,878 people passed through the Mesa County Fairground gates July 20–24, about 3,000 more than last year, fair coordinators and Fair Board members told county commissioners Monday during a presentation highlighting this year’s event.

“That’s a substantial gain considering the economic times,” Fair Board President Roger Rawlings said.

The number of volunteers and fair sponsors were up, too. More than 160 volunteers worked more than 1,000 hours, a 60 percent increase over last year. And 16 local sponsors contributed $3,000 more this year.

The fair featured a number of new events this year, including a “Wild About Monkeys” show, a commercial wine competition and several educational demonstrations.

Fair Coordinator Donna Page said free musical entertainment at the fairgrounds gazebo drew the crowds, as well. “People were sitting and watching act after act, which I had not seen in years past,” she said.

In addition, Page said she believes people were drawn by the fair’s reasonable cost.

She said tickets were $5 for adults and $1 for children and seniors but that coupons available on the fair’s website offered $1 discounts, meaning children and seniors could get in for free.


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