Attended by an estimated 100,000 people, the 2007 Clermont County Fair, which took place July 22 – 28, was once again a success.
“The 158th Fair was a huge success,” said Agricultural Society Fair Board Director Bea Faul. “It was a whole new world this year. It was a success for all of the many participants, vendors, and everyone else involved, especially the outstanding young people involved in the junior events of the fair. The weather was more than cooperative, with only one evening of rain.”
Considering all of the changes and additions that were made this year, there were no problems and everything ran very smoothly, Faul said.
According to fair manager Gary Cooper, attendance was on par with previous years.
Faul said that her personal favorite highlights of the fair were the opening ceremonies (which set the tone for the whole week, she said), the displayed animals, the livestock sales, and the many junior fair events, such as the cloverbud pet parade held July 26.
This year, the cloverbud parade included costumed dogs, cats, pigs, lambs, goats, miniature horses, chickens, sheep, llamas, alpacas, and even a few stuffed animals.
"We were nothing but pleased with the outstanding and dedicated junior fair participants," Faul said. "They all followed through with the work on their projects and pulled off a great show for everyone. We hope that they are as proud of themselves as we are."
Faul and Cooper would like to give high praise and admiration to all of this year's fair participants and congratulate them on continuing the tradition by making the 158th annual fair a fun and relaxing week for the residents of Clermont County and beyond.
"It really was a great week," Faul said July 30. "Everyone was so pleased - all week people would stop by and thank us for providing something that everyone could enjoy, especially families with children."
By fairtime next year, the Clermont County Agricultural Society hopes to have added new restrooms to the back of the fairgrounds and to have built more space in the horse barns to house those animals that have to be trailered in every day.
The highly-prized collectable cancellation stamp that was created for the fair by Felicity postmaster Michael Ring will be available at the Felicity post office until Sept. 1.