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Trimble County Fair 2009

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Six-day event draws crowds for pageants, contests, fun

By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

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With the exception of rain on the morning of the first day of the fair, the weather cooperated for Trimble County’s 2009 Fair, held Monday, June 22, through Saturday, June 27.

Though it was hot and humid, the skies were sunny throughout the week. Fair Board President Linda Craig said Monday that all of the planned events went “pretty good. ... We didn’t get the rain they predicted.”

Craig said the gate receipts have not been tallied, but she “would have liked to see a bigger crowd” this year and pondered whether the economy was too blame.

“Monday we had a good turnout for family night, and Saturday night was the usual turnout,” she said. “Overall, it was good.”

Craig said this year’s new midway rides and games, provided by Kissel Entertainment, received positive reviews. “The carnival was really nice. We got nothing but good feedback. In general, we got good feedback on everything.”

This year, the Fair Board offered a drawing for a Louisville Slugger bat, donated by the Louisville Slugger company and signed by New York Yankee Derek Jeter, along with a commemorative gold baseball card featuring Cal Ripkin and Lou Gehrig. Ray Cooley of Martini Lane had the winning ticket, Craig said.

Craig said she and the Fair Board “really appreciate all the volunteer help” that went into making the fair a success. “If it wasn’t for the volunteers, we’d never get anything done. It’s a lot of work.”

She also extended thanks to the Trimble County Park Board for allowing use of the park. “We appreciate the way the park is kept. Everyone says what a pretty park we have.”

Craig reminds everyone to watch for the Trimble County Fair Pageant float in Friday’s Madison Regatta parade at 6 p.m. in downtown Madison, Ind. The float is put together by the pageant winners and their parents. Last year’s float won first-place honors at the parade.