Brian Ramer power sprays chicken cages as cleanup at the Whitley County 4-H Fair continues Friday â€” Post & Mail photo / Brianne Eichman
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the 4-H Whitley County Fair wrapped up Thursday, 4-H Fair President Cathy Heritier estimated this year brought in more profit than last year.
â€śThe final attendance numbers are not in yet, but regardless of whether our attendance was up, our profitability was up,â€ť said Heritier.
â€śWe ended up finishing really well.â€ť
Topping the list this year for the most popular desert was ice cream, with more than 12,000 gallons sold.
â€śWe also sold around 2,500 hotdogs, and we had to re-order pop and Gatorade,â€ť said Heritier.
Pork loins and water were also in high demand as the sun beat down on busy fairgoers.
â€śThis year it was cool enough that people ate more food,â€ť said Heritier.
It was just so hot at last yearâ€™s fair that nobody ate as much food.â€ť
Despite hot temperatures and a day of rain, the rodeo and demolition derby were still well attended, as crowds packed the stands to cheer on participants.
â€śWe do our best to make sure people are hydrated,â€ť said Heritier.
â€śWe also had an Emergency Action Plan in place for storms which included us having radios down there and a new speaker system.â€ť
Most animals left the fair before Wednesday, one of the hottest days at the fair all week.
â€śThere was a chunk that left Tuesday night and Wednesday morning,â€ť said Heritier.
â€śThe rest left through Thursday night.â€ť
All in all, Heritier said she believed the fair ran very smooth in respect to the fair boardâ€™s goals and the commitment to fair participants.
â€śWe had a really good fair this year. I think the board worked hard together on this. We are all here for the kids,â€ť said Heritier.