The 164th Columbiana County Fair is now in the books and judging from all of the comments we've received, this year's fair should go down as one of the more successful events.
Final figures showed this year's paid attendance at 20,000, which is 3,000 less than last year's total, but rain on Saturday and Sunday's raging heat are being blamed for the decline.
Fair board members are to be commended for all of the year-round work they do preparing for the annual weeklong event. This year, the grounds looked especially good, as many more visual improvements were accomplished.
In addition to the usual painting and repairs, renovations included revamping the Patriot's Plaza, where the flag-raising ceremony is held. An old shed was also converted into an office for concessions and harness racing payouts, and a new goat barn and pavilion were built.
Of course the fair board's success in luring nationally known musical acts to the grandstand stage also helps attract bigger crowds and Tuesday night's concert featuring Chuck Wicks and Savannah Jack was no exception.
The car demolition derbies on Wednesday and Saturday, were both sold out, as well as one of the tractor pulls. The combine demolition derby, which has free admission, brought out large numbers of fairgoers as well.
Mother Nature was also a major factor in this year's success. Most of the seven days of the fair enjoyed pleasant weather.
Here's hoping for sunny skies to grace the 165th edition next year and a big TOAST to the fair board for an outstanding 164th.