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Fair attracts many people


Emily Michael (front) and Isabella Michael enjoy the motorcycle ride at the Estevan Fair on June 16.

This year's edition of the Estevan Fair attracted more than 7,000 people from June 16 to 18.

The opening night brought in what may have been a record crowd, as 3,900 attended for the rides, carnival rides and food.

“We haven’t seen a number like that in one day for a long time,” said Estevan Exhibition Association president Dallas Spencer.

Spencer said that the weather was a factor in the high attendance on the 16th, as it was a warm sunny evening, with light winds.

Another 2,200 people attended the fair on the 17th.

“Even though the weather wasn’t great, we’re still quite happy with the number of people that came through the gate,” said Spencer.

About 1,000 people attend the fair on the final night. A late afternoon thunderstorm dumped rain on the fair grounds.

Local country duo Riley Horton and Joretta King provided the entertainment for the fair. Estevan Idol and Estevan Junior Idol did not happen this year.

Spencer said that the entertainment did a really good job for the three days, and he thought that they were good singers.

As for the future of the entertainment, Spencer said that he is not sure if they are going to bring in one act for all three days like this year. He said they are thinking of new concepts, such as a battle of the bands.

Overall Spencer said that midway met expectations.

“I thought that the midway itself was quite good; there seemed to be a lot of rides and there were some new rides this year,” said Spencer.

One of the new rides included the Fire Ball, which is an updated version of the Ring of Fire.

Even though the weather didn’t cooperate for two of the three days, Spencer did say that the attendance didn’t drop significantly from previous years.

“The fair was excellent, even with the rain, over the three days; we averaged more than 2,300 people through the gates, so we were really happy with that,” said Spencer.




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