Fayette Fair ends with great turnout – Tribune-Review

Big crowds, nice weather and great memories were the highlights of the 2015 Fayette County Fair.

“Overall, it’s been excellent,� said Fayette County Fair Board President Bill Jackson.

The 10-day event concluded Saturday.

Jackson said the weather for the fair was as good as he could remember, especially after a very rainy fair last year, which Jackson said was one of the worst weather-wise fairs he has experienced.

Rains on Aug. 3 brought attendance down a bit, but Jackson said the fair saw exceptionally strong attendance throughout the week, although the exact numbers have not been calculated.

Jackson said the weather, for a change, was favorable for the monster truck races on Aug. 5 in the Chevron Arena, which has seen rain for the past five years.

“We either had to cancel or scale down that show,� Jackson said of the event that draws a large crowd.

Along with the monster trucks, Jackson said crowds came out for The Clarks, Chris Higbee, The Fabulous Hubcaps, Croushore’s Championship Demolition Derby, Motocross races and “The Voice� season three winner Cassadee Pope on the last night of the fair.

Even though the numbers for the Aug. 7 4-H Livestock Auction weren’t finalized, Jackson said he heard it did well, too.

Jackson said he heard many compliments of the new rides and games from Powers Great American Midways.

One show that had to unexpectedly cancel, which people were excited to see, was A Grizzly Experience, but Jackson said they’re going to try to get the show back for next year.

“We’re pleased with the crowds and the weather,� Jackson said. “Thank you to the people for coming out and supporting the fair.�

The 2015 Fayette County Fair was special this year for two young ladies as they became Fayette County Fair royalty.

Ally Ramsey, 17, of White — crowned the 2015 Fayette County Fair Princess — said she had fun passing out ribbons, introducing acts like The Clarks and meeting so many people.

“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime,� Ramsey said. “I made new friends and lots of memories.�

Aleshia Hissem, 17, of Acme said that when she was crowned the 2015 Fayette County Fair Queen, she cried from pure shock. It was something she wanted to do for fun when someone suggested she compete in the queen contest.

Both teens gave their parents a lot of credit for helping them through the busy schedule they had with their hectic queen and princess duties.

Hissem said being the county fair queen for a week was an eye-opening experience. She met so many new people and entertainers at the fair.

“I experienced the fair in a whole new way,� Hissem said, adding that this year’s fair was something of which she is proud to be a part. “I think everyone worked hard this year, and it really showed.�

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.