The 161st Clermont County Fair came to a close Saturday after a week of nearly ideal weather which brought a large crowd to Owensville.
“Except for the first couple of hot days it was great,” Fair Board President Bill Sharber said. “We had no rain, which is what has hurt us in the past. Things went pretty smooth. We want to thank everybody for coming out.”
Sharber said attendance was at about 80,000, which met the board’s goal of between 70,000 and 100,000. The two most popular events were the tractor pulls and demolition derbies.
Sharber said the Friends of the Fair play a very important role in making sure the fairgrounds are in top shape each year and this year they funded a new horse barn for the grounds.
"We got a lot of good compliments on the barn," Sharber said. "Wednesday night we held a thank you ceremony for the Friends of the Fair in front of the grandstands and a lot of people came up afterwards with compliments and questions about donations."
Each stall in the new horse barn was full throughout the week.
Sharber said the fair board is already looking forward to the 162nd fair.
"Our first meeting is next week," Sharber said. "It's a year-round effort."