JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Fair closed on a positive note this year, with beautiful weather, great attendance and the satisfaction of providing family entertainment for area residents.
Darla Vargo, secretary/treasurer of the Ashtabula County Agricultural Society, which runs the fair, said this year's attendance kept up with last year's numbers.
"Except for Tuesday and early Wednesday, it's been about the same as the past two years," she said. "Last year we had about 20,500 people, not including seniors, veterans, pass holders, concessioners and junior fair board members. When the weather is good, we do good."
After a rainy start, Mother Nature blessed the fair with sunny skies, warm temperatures and a light breeze — perfect weather by any fairgoer's imagination.
On Sunday, children flocked to the Butterfly Effects exhibit, rides by Lisko Amusements and the National Kiddie Tractor Pull event by the Grange Building.
Jase and Aubree Legg, ages 5 and 4, respectively, excitedly waited for the Kiddie Pull to begin. Jase won first prize two years ago and second or third (he couldn't remember) last year.
About 30 children entered the pull, which allows children ages 3 to 8 to pedal a toy tractor to see who can go the furthest. The farther they go, the more weight is placed on the sled until they can no longer pedal.
"I practiced at home," Jase said, adding he has very strong legs.
Looking back over the past six days, the demolition derbies, monster truck show and the rodeo did the best of the grandstand shows, but harness racing, the horse shows and the truck and tractor pulls also drew considerable crowds.
The top shows for attendance on the midway seemed to be the K-9s in Flight dog show and the Ninja show, while Swifty the clown created hundreds of balloon animals for children under the grandstand.
Vendors of all kinds did well, including to Kayly Hamski, manager of Hamski's Pierogies.
"It's because of the gorgeous weather," she said. "We did pretty well this year."
Lori Ferguson's kettle corn stand also did a booming business.
"We are from Lake County and we only do local fairs," she said. "Ashtabula County knows kettle corn is a great snack."
Crowds kept Holly Lower's lemonade stand busy, as well.
"It's been a great day," said Dulcea Drakes of Conneaut, who manned the stand all week. "The first two days were slow because of the weather but it's been busy every day since."
Eddie Mook and Jennifer Darling, both of Jefferson, helped Drakes shake up freshly made lemonade Sunday afternoon to hot and thirsty customers.