'Excellent' weather helped draw crowds to Boone County Fair

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 5:07 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The cured hams have been auctioned off, the blue ribbons have all been won, and the goats have gone back to the farm. The Boone County Fair ended Sunday, and organizers credit the largely agreeable weather with an uptick in attendance compared with last year.

Jeff Cook, president of the Boone County Fair Board, said attendance for the weeklong fair this year was about 15,000. Last year's was about 12,000, he said.

"The weather was excellent last week," Cook said. Temperatures averaged in the mid to upper 70s, according to National Weather Service data, and it was mostly dry.

"We were hoping for more attendance Saturday," Cook said. "The rain affected us a little bit, but you just never know when you plan a fair in July if it's going to be 105 or raining."

The fair this year featured many traditional events, such as the ham show, the ham breakfast and the demolition derby, as well as a few new events, such as the 4-H dog show and the Big Muddy DockDogs jumping competition.

Cook said both dog shows went over well with crowds.

"Everybody was really excited that we brought the 4-H dog show back to our county fair," Cook said.

Previously, the 4-H dog show was held at the Columbia Canine Sports Center. Cook said the 4-H students asked whether they could be a part of the fair again and the board made room for them.

"Everybody was happy about that," he said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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