County Fair: Attendance rises 18%

By From page A1 | August 02, 2013

With this year’s El Dorado County Fair now just a memory, Jody Gray, who is the Fair Association’s chief executive officer, reported that attendance was up 18 percent over last year with 56,000 people attending the four-day event.

Revenue also increased by $60,000 over last year.

Gray said fabulous weather, good attractions and lots of publicity in the Mountain Democrat’s Summer Sunsational Magazine and other county publications, helped push up attendance.

“We had a lot of amazing local bands this year,” she added, plus the bull riding event, animal attraction, and relocation of the kiddie carnival were popular. “The only event that wasn’t as well attended as expected was the freestyle motocross and that won’t be coming back.”

Gray said people come to the fair for different reasons. “Some just want it ag related,” she said. “Others love the carnival. Others love to shop. Then there are those who come for the music and to run into their friends. It’s a juggling act to accommodate everyone.”

Saying they had received wonderful reviews, Gray noted that people had gone out of their way to tell them what great things they do.

Fair staff are already looking ahead to next year’s event as they consider different logos and themes. In November and December they will book the entertainment and by January through June will be completely engulfed in preparing for the fair.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

Dawn Hodson

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