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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 21, 2014

Large turnout reported

By David Hotle | Jul 21, 2014
Washington County 4-H’ers work to get their roosters to announce the sunrise during the annual rooster crowing contest Wednesday morning during the Washington County Fair last week.

Amy Green, Washington County 4-H and Youth Coordinator, says the 70-degree temperatures during fair week had a lot to do with a strong turnout to the Washington County Fair 2014.
While the official numbers of people who attended have not been released yet, Green said today that she believes between 200 and 300 more people attended the fair each day than had attended last year.
“We had a wonderful week,” she said. “The weather was amazing, so that kept everyone in extra good spirits. People were here forever — they stuck around all day and into the evening.  It was fun for everyone here.”
She said that because the people who came out to the fair stayed longer, they had spread out over the fairgrounds so the people weren’t as centered in one spot as they normally are during fair week. Green said with a laugh that she is unaware of any other fair week where the weather was in the 70s. She said that the last several years had been very hot.
During the week, Green said that the Little Hands on the Farm in the round barn on Wednesday and Thursday had drawn a good crowd. She said that the supplies for the event ran out the first day it was open. She said the event had topped its numbers from the previous year on its first day. Another event that drew people was the paintball course.
Green said that the fair would be studied, and planning for the 2015 event would begin in January.
“It just seemed that we had a lot of happy 4-H’ers and families,” she said. “It was a really good week. Volunteers and staff are super busy that week, but things were done well enough that we could sometimes stop and enjoy what was going on around us. It was fun to be able to see some of those special moments that you don’t always get to see when you are busy.”

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