The numbers aren't all tallied yet but organizers are pleased with the attendance and everything else about this year's Ogle County Fair.
"There were just people all over the place checking everything out," said fair board president Harlan Holm. "The fair was excellent. It was beautiful weather, and everything ran pretty smoothly."
Although the crowd wasn't quite as large as last year's all-time record of 18,500 over the five-day run, Holm said all the events drew lots of people.
The 161st Ogle County Fair was held Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 3 at the fairgrounds just west of Oregon.
The most popular event, as usual, was the Demolition Derby on Saturday night.
"The Demo Derby is always number one," Holm said.
The rodeo, tractor pulls, and carnival also drew large crowds and the free shows — Galaxy Girl and free-style motocross — were also well-attended.
"The free carnival rides are hard to beat," Holm said with a chuckle. "The lines were long at all the rides."
A paid admission at the gate included a wrist band for unlimited carnival rides. Wrist bands were a different color for each day of the fair.
Holm couldn't say enough for the weather.
"I cannot remember the last time we had temperatures in the 70s and no rain for the entire fair," he said. "It was perfect."
Storms in the forecast may have dampened Friday's attendance somewhat, he said.
Although predicted to begin by early afternoon, the thunderstorms didn't materialize until after 9 p.m. when most fairgoers were ready to call it a day anyway.
Holm said he monitored the storms by keeping in frequent contact with the Ogle County Sheriff's Police who were at the fair.
"They assured me we had nothing to worry about," he said.