Near perfect weather contributed to the success of the 165th annual Ogle County Fair.
“I was very pleased,” said fair board president Harlan Holm. “The weather cooperated and the people came out and supported us.”
Under sunny skies and temperatures mainly in the 80s, an estimated 18,500 turned out for the fair held Aug. 1-5 at the fairgrounds just west of Oregon.
The temperature reached the 90-degree mark for just one day.
“Saturday got a little warm, but it is August,” Holm said with a chuckle. “People still turned out for the Demolition Derby and the pork chop supper.”
As is often the case, the Demolition Derby drew the biggest crowds. The ground shows, especially Woody’s Menagerie, were also popular with those attending, Holm said.
Families were attracted to the fair by the $8 gate fee that included unlimited rides at the carnival all five days of the fair.
For Holm, however, the fair didn’t end Sunday night.
On Tuesday, he and other board members and volunteers were doing clean-up, putting equipment away, and wrapping up in general.
“It will be a couple of days until we get everything returned to the people who loaned us items,” he said.
Holm said volunteers help make the fair go smoothly every year.
“The fair would not be possible without the volunteers that help us,” he said.