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Overall, EOTC fair deemed a success

Although the first couple of days of the East Otter Tail County Fair, which started last Wednesday and continued through Sunday, started out blistering hot, with temperatures close to 90 degrees, overall, everyone adapted well to the heat, accord...

Although the first couple of days of the East Otter Tail County Fair, which started last Wednesday and continued through Sunday, started out blistering hot, with temperatures close to 90 degrees, overall, everyone adapted well to the heat, according to Diane Sazama, fair board secretary/treasurer.

"The livestock owners stayed on top of making sure their animals were well-hydrated," she said Monday.

With free gate admittance, the board doesn't tally attendance, but Sazama said parking receipts were down a little this year, which could be attributed to several factors.

"I think the heat, obviously, was part of the reason," she said. "And there were a number of events within a 50-mile radius. With an improving economy, people travel further, and with gas prices down, people travel."

The midway entertainment proved to be a hit, she said, as it has been since the board hired the Family Fun Shows from Mankato seven or eight years ago. The company is professional, family-oriented and accommodating. They also keep ticket prices affordable for families.

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"We have nothing but good things to say about them," Sazama said."We are very, very, very pleased with them."

Unfortunately, the wrestling show was another story. With decreasing attendance and difficulty getting entries for the demo derby, the board dropped the event this year, and hosted the American Wrestling Federation show. But it didn't go over very well.

"It was a complete flop," Sazama said. "We had numerous issues and poor attendance. It's (not the type of entertainment) suited for East Otter Tail County. We probably won't consider it ever again."

In retrospect, Sazama said the demo derby would have been a better option. However, statewide, lots of county fairs are doing away with the derby, and with planning for the 2017 fair starting in the next few weeks, the board will "have its eyes open for different options."

"We want (grandstand) entertainment that everyone can enjoy," she said.

People seemed to enjoy the free entertainment offered at the park shelter, Sazama said, and several of the performers mentioned to her that they plan to come back to Perham on vacation to further explore the city and its amenities.

"Performers liked the community, liked the people," she said. "One even wants to come back to the area to do some fishing."

Overall, the fair was a success, Sazama said, though not the best money-making year, it offered good entertainment and good exhibits and good family fun.

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"Lots of family traditions happen every year at the fair," she said. "We hope everyone who came out enjoyed it."

Related Topics: EAST OTTER TAIL COUNTY FAIR
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