2012 street fair on target for “record year” in spite of rain

Central Bank button drawing winner Mary Batey endured pouring rain Saturday night to hear her name drawn for the big $1,000 prize. From left: Matt Gowin, Mary Batey, Ronda Miller.

Central Bank button drawing winner Mary Batey endured pouring rain Saturday night to hear her name drawn for the big $1,000 prize. From left: Matt Gowin, Mary Batey, Ronda Miller. Photo by Dean Asher.

Before the heavy rain closed Saturday night’s portion of the Street Fair four hours early, this year was on target for record-breaking numbers, according to Street Fair committee member Melissa Siegel.

“Just going from feedback with some of our food vendors and how much they had stocked and beer sales from (Friday night,) we were on line to do a record year,” said Siegel. “Our carnival revenue was not that far down from the last two years, considering they closed at 7:30 (Saturday) and did not sell wristbands. We were ready for a record year, but Mother Nature had different plans.”

Siegel said events Saturday morning and afternoon prior to the heavy downpour that evening were going strong as well. The Street Fair had high showings for the Kid’s Mile, and both Marvelous Mutts performances played to packed bleachers in spite of the heat.

Committee chairperson Megan Barnes was also pleased with how the fair turned out, and thanked their weather plan with Callaway County Emergency Management Director Michelle Kidwell with making sure people were kept aware of the impending weather Saturday evening.

“While I was in the parade I was receiving calls about severe weather in Ashland, and we were able to notify vendors to let them know if they wanted to leave,” said Barnes.

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