Tuesday, August 7, 2012
After a move to put more of an emphasis on music failed to draw the crowds expected, organizers of the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair say they will return to a more tried-and-true schedule next year.
“Our attendance was down,” Fair Board president Billy Spencer said when asked whether the 2012 fair had been a success. “Tuesday night we were right on with last year, Wednesday night we were pretty close, Thursday was about the same, Friday night we were way down, and Saturday was about normal.”
Although he said he believed the heat had more of an effect on attendance than anything else, Spencer said it also did not escape the board’s notice that the one night the numbers were down the most was the night they chose to switch out the usual second derby night to bring in a big band to perform in the large arena.
“As of now, the way the board is leaning to, we’re not going to go to a big band in the arena next year because it didn’t work for us,” Spencer said, noting the board met at the end of each night throughout the week to discuss how the day had gone. “We’ll move the music back to the Budweiser stage and stick with the local bands because they had more support with the local audience.”
As usual, Spencer said the local truck and antique tractor pulls on Tuesday night “stood out pretty good,” noting the truck pull in particular had “more entries than last year.”