After a tough year last year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meade County Fair made up for lost time this year, even setting a record attendance day.
In total, nearly 40,000 people visited the Meade County Fair during its duration in July. Fair Board Chairman David Pace says that it’s likely the 7th most attended fair in the events history. Additionally, one Monday of Fair Week saw 5,034 guests, which set an all-time daily attendance record for the event.
Pace says that the heat index was extraordinarily high when the fair began, so he thinks attendance may have been even higher had it not been for that.
Though they didn’t keep attendance for the 2020 fair due to the pandemic, Pace says that attendance was up more than 2,000 people from 2019.
He says that they accepted credit cards at the gate and the office this year, something they didn’t publicize much, but something that also worked out very well for them. Approximately 3,000 transactions were made with a credit card, and Pace says it’s something they’re considering doing more of in the future. He says that the food booths also had a phenomenal fair week.
Though the Board hasn’t started working out details for next year’s fair, Pace says that about ¾ of the entertainment is already on contract to come back.