Editor’s note: Turn to page 9 to see scenes from the 2019 Clay County Fair.
The 66th Annual Clay County Fair, which took place Aug. 8-10, was a wonderful success, said Fair Manager Missy O’Connor.
“We really don’t have a way to track attendance from year to year,” said O’Connor. “However, we saw good attendance every day of the fair this year.”
Favorable weather helped bring many families to the fair to enjoy three packed days of events. Among the most popular events this year were tried and true favorites like the Demolition Derby and the free community barbeque alongside newer events like the salsa competition and the street dance.
“The weather was perfect for the fair this year and we had a great crowd each day,” said O’Connor. “Our new events were well received by our fair goers.”
More than 1,300 people attended this year’s Demolition Derby, which is always the most popular event at the fair.
“Our free barbeque also served over 800 people in a little over an hour on Thursday evening,” said O’Connor. “The inflatables were also very popular again this year.”
A brand-new event to the fair – the Cornhole Tournament sponsored by the Vermillion American Legion – had amazing success.
“We were shocked by the turnout for the Cornhole Tournament,” admits O’Connor. “We never imagined that we would have 38 teams in our first year! We would like to thank the Vermillion American Legion for hosting this event. Without their help, this event would not have been possible this year.”
Another new, successful offering this year was the Clay Union Electric Customer Appreciation Event.
“Everyone seemed to enjoy the free bucket rides, dunk tank, and demonstrations,” said O’Connor. “We are looking forward to having them back again next year.”
Thursday at the Platz (at the Fair), the Teen Dance, Karaoke Night, and an expanded vendor area also went over well with fair-goers. O’Connor hopes to see all of these features return to next year’s fair.
O’Connor is grateful for all of the community support of the fair.
“We would like to thank all of volunteers, 4-H families, hosts of events, and everyone that attended the fair,” she said. “Most importantly, we would like to thank all our sponsors. The fair would not be possible without their generous contributions.”