UPDATE 6:24PM 07/23/2011
The West Virginia Interstate Fair and Expo is a wrap but heat made the annual festivities uncomfortable.
The past few days have really made the mercury jump here in the Mid-Ohio Valley which has had an impact on fair attendance, vendor sales, and the livestock.
The average temperature over the Fair weekend has been 92 degrees, that's warm by any one's standards. Organizers say when temperatures reach the 90's, the crowds begin to dwindle.
Board of Directors member Angie Zoller says the heat had an impact on this years attendance but she still would like to thank everyone who made it out in spite of the sweltering conditions.
"I've noticed a lot of people dressed for the weather. A lot of people are carrying water bottles, they have little fans around their necks, or hats, or whatever they need to help keep them cool," Zoller explains. "We can't thank the people enough who have come out and supported us because the heat has been terrible. We have noticed a slight drop in attendance because of the heat."
It wasn't just fair go-ers who were feeling the heat, vendors and 4-H farmers say they reduced crowds have impacted local sales in both fields.
It's that time of year for rides, food, and some great family entertainment at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Expo which began Tuesday.
Angie Zoller, WV Interstate Fair and Expo Board Member says, "it is something for everybody to come and enjoy. You can spend the day here and ride the rides and see the livestock and the animals and catch some large country music entertainment."
And many fair goers are eager to enjoy the entertainment.
"My favorite part about the fair is when the singers come and perform and sign autographs," according to Charley Taylor.
This year there are some new and exciting fair activities, plus some old favorites that are bigger and better than ever, and to top it off....the entry fee won't cause you to break your bank.
"Our carnival is a little larger than it was last year. We've changed our schedule around a little bit and our gate admission is nine dollars for anyone who wants to come and that's actually less than you can go to a movie or something like that for," Zoller explains.
"There's all kind of concessions and vendors and things out there for people of all ages. The carnival is open to people of all ages and we've got our livestock exhibits that are fun for everybody to walk through."
4-H will also be joining the list of new attractions this year with rabbit, dog, pig, and horse shows.
4-H Club member Samantha Starcher has been working the fair since she was nine years old."I love working with the little kids, and the kids that are coming up and teaching them how to appreciate their animals and respect them and how to show them off. It's a lot of fun."
You can be sure to round up your entire family for a great week of fair entertainment.
To catch a full list of performers and attractions, click on the Hot Button.