Agrifair numbers not yet in, but expected to be up

Like the new trampoline act it hosted this year, things were looking up at Agrifair.

Bo and Mia Joiner enjoy the “Bulgery” ride at Agrifair.

Bo and Mia Joiner enjoy the “Bulgery” ride at Agrifair.

Like the new trampoline act it hosted this year, things were looking up at Agrifair.

Organizers are expecting the 2011 attendance at the 101-year-old event to have increased from the 34,000 who turned out last year.

“It was a great fair. We had good attendance, and the weather was great,” said general manager Pamela Brenner.

She said solid figures are not yet known, but noted that the stands were full (approximately 2,000 people) for all three nights of professional rodeo. Also, the Valley Voices Showcase competition, in its third year, filled the stage venue.

“There’s some great talent in this area,” remarked Brenner, adding that the talent competition has been a solid addition.

And, all venues were generally busy.

Organizers try to make each fair a little different, and this year there were three popular new attractions – The Spring Up trampoline show out of Quebec, Gary Savard’s magic show also took to the main stage and he walked about the fair, and Dan the One Man Band “was a hit everywhere he went.”

Brenner said the final numbers are still being crunched, but after 21 years of involvement with the fair, she said Tuesday, “It feels like we’re up.”

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