Rain hurt attendance to the 2014 Grayson County Fair during its closing weekend, but fair officials are pleased overall with the event.
Grayson County Fair Board President Kevin Pharis said a number of changes were made to fair events this year that will likely continue in next year’s event.
Changes made this year to the fair pageants, moving the KLI racing to Wednesday, and having the demolition derby on both Thursday and Friday were well-received, Pharis said.
Moving the racing to Wednesday, in particular, brought a great deal of local participation.
While numbers were down overall as a result of the rain—particularly with the cancellation of the truck and tractor pull scheduled for Saturday night, Aug. 30—Wednesday, Aug. 27 actually saw an increase in attendance.
The fair board was also pleased with the annual Labor Day parade, which was held on Monday, Sept. 1 and saw a good turnout despite the poor weather conditions, Pharis said.
“We were pleasantly surprised to have the participation that we had,” said Pharis, who explained that rain over the weekend prevented many individuals from preparing floats.
Rain occurs during the fair as a result of hurricane season, and the remnants from hurricanes in other states typically make their way to Grayson County during fair time—a fact fair officials have accepted and dealt with over the years, said Pharis.
“We learn and adapt,” he said.
Pharis said the fair board is always looking to make the annual week-long event bigger and better than it was before, so changes to next year’s event likely won’t be made until the January fair convention in Louisville, where fair officials hope to find ideas for new and exciting attractions.
“We’re constantly making changes,” he said. “We look forward to next year.”
The fair board has also purchased a new set of bleachers that will seat 1,650 people and likely be installed for next year’s event.
The fair board is looking to host a number of off-season events, as well, including a demolition derby and mud run to be held this fall. The board is also in negotiations with a monster truck organization to allow it to use the fair to put on a show.