The 83rd annual Lake County Fair was proclaimed a success by Board members and associates alike after its conclusion earlier this month.
Although this year’s attendance of about 88,000 dipped from last years total of 106,000 people, the staff said there was a resounding sense of improvement from attendees.
Kelli Kepler-Yarc, a secretary with the , was one of the many staff members to praise the execution of this year’s fair and explained how attendance cannot be used as a sole indicator of the outcome of the event.
“Attendance was lower this year for fairs across the state, so we’re not too worried about that issue,” Kepler-Yarc said. “We’ve improved in so many other areas. We had parking issues the past couple of years, but it went smoothly this time. Traffic control was great, and the crowds were moved through fairgrounds well.”
Business Manager Sheri Vyfvinkel set the following four goals for this year's fair:
- Better customer service
- Smooth operations
- Increased marketing and public relations
- More organized parking process
Vyfvfnkel happily claims all of these goals were met this year.
“I am very pleased with the way this fair went,” Vyfvinkel said. “I’m very proud of our staff. They did their part to make the event operational, especially under the conditions of extreme heat and some storms.”
Vyfvinkel explained how many of the events predicted to be a hit with the crowds were just that, including the motocross, tractor pull events, and the new Banana Derby event, where monkeys rode as jockeys on the backs of dogs.
President Mike Richards commented on the success of this year’s fair, summing up the importance of the fair’s events and the people that make them possible.
“The Lake County Fair is a special tradition and has been for generations of families,” said Richards in a release. “As we plan to create new traditions, it’s important to us that we don’t lose sight of the heart of the fair: youth, animals, 4-H, exhibits, competitions and agricultural education. I am very excited that we now have a full year with a new business manager on board to refocus and develop a strategic plan for the future. I’m confident we have the right team in place for a stellar fair in 2012.”
Both Kelli-Yarc and Vyfvinkel give credit to the new board members, President Richards in particular, for helping to shape the association into a well-oiled machine capable of pulling off a wonderful fair for kids and adults alike.
“We've had some big changeovers in the past year, and it's all for the positive,” Kepler-Yarc said. “We’re very optimistic about the future and extremely pleased with how it went this year.”
To learn more about the and get a schedule of events sponsored by the association throughout the year, visit lcfair.com.