BLUE HILL —
Though attendance was off slightly this year,
not all vendors at the Blue Hill Fair were hurt
by the lower numbers.
owner of Smokey’s Greatest Show, said sales for
the rides he provides on the midway were up a
bit this year. The fair’s traditional and new
attractions also scored a big hit with the
thousands of people who made their way to Blue
Rob Eaton said overall attendance for the
five-day fair was about 3,000 fewer than last
year’s mark of about 30,000.
reports he’s getting from food vendors suggest
that sales were down this year, though some
vendors said sales were up slightly.
really no rhyme or reason to that,” Eaton said,
adding that food sales likely would be affected
by lower attendance.
was just about perfect every day.
said the consensus among parking attendants and
other fair workers is that gas prices
contributed to the decline in attendance.
been yakking about the price of gas going over
$3 over the weekend,” Eaton said. “A lot of
people that travel distances still came to the
fair, but not as many days.”
He said that
fair-goers who in the past would travel to the
fair on two or three days came only once this
were at the fair less, they likely spent the
same amount of money they would have spent in
three days, which could explain why Smokey’s
enjoyed an increase in sales, he said.
grandstand was nearly filled and a crowd of
spectators gathered at each end of the “tossing”
course for the fair’s first installment of the
Intercontinental and Greater Hancock County
Championship Women’s Skillet Toss.
women entered the contest, setting up a
contagious spirit of fun between participants
“I had no
idea what to expect,” Eaton said. “I knew there
was a little buzz about it around Blue Hill. I
thought it would be a success if it drew 40
“It kind of
blew me away, the number that watched it and
enjoyed it. I can’t remember having any more fun
with a fair event. It was the best bang we’ve
gotten for a buck in a long time.”
also pleased by the turnout for the Bellamy
Brothers, the country music duo who closed the
fair Monday night.
fantastic and drew really well,” Eaton said.
“They were well received by a real good crowd.
We got a lot of bang for our buck out of them,
fair officials were pleased with a new parking
scheme that eliminated traffic backups as
workers “put a lot of cars and a lot of people”
inside the fairgrounds quickly.
accomplished its ultimate goal.
everybody seemed to enjoy themselves,” Eaton
said. “That’s why we do it. Now, I’m just
looking forward to getting ready to do another