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The annual Fallon County Fair started early Aug. 11 with the 4-H Horse Show in the arena.

It ended with audience filling up the grandstands for the PRCA Rodeo and the Demolition Derby Sunday.

In between, the fair brought people out to have some fun, according to fairgrounds manager Shyla Hadley.

“We had about 4,000 people attend the shows (in the grandstands),” she said. “That is not representative of how many people came out (to the fair). Those are the people that were comfortable coming to the shows.”

The Cowboy Channel broadcast the rodeo live, so that gave some people a chance to stay home to watch the rodeo, she explained. “It was televised for the first time, so I think a lot of people were more comfortable at home watching it on TV. I think that it helped a lot for the people who were not comfortable with the virus coming out to see it. It was a great thing to offer.”

It will be up to the Cowboy Channel, whether or not the rodeo next year will be televised, Hadley explained. “I think it went over well so we would always love that earned media.”

The fair, although a little smaller, still drew positive comments, she said. “Everyone seems to love our free stage acts. For the most part, the things I heard the most about was that people were excited to have something going on since 2020 has been such a bummer of a year.”

The balloon maker and the bubble tower were also popular, along with a newcomer, the ROBOCARS. “The kids really loved those,” Hadley said.

She also heard good reviews of the lumberjack act that spent time on the midway and also performed in front of the grandstands on Friday’s extreme jousting night.

In the exhibit hall, the number of entries were down this year. “But overall, were just happy to have about 75 percent of what we usually have,” she said.

The derby drew comments, both for the show in front of the grandstands Sunday evening as well as the dunk tank set up by the Baker Wrestling Club, Hadley said.

“Overall, our midway was pretty bare, but those things added to it,” she said.

In addition, the fair also held a parade which rolled through town Saturday morning.

The fair board will be meeting later to evaluate how the fair went, she added.

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