Ferris Wheel at dusk at the 2004 Sesquicentennial Iowa State Fair on Friday August 20, 2004 in Des Moines, IA. (Iowa State Fair Photo)
Cass county fair more than fair. It will be remembered as another success.
As far as attendance, “Every day exceeded each day’s total from last year,” said fair manager Steve Wehrbein. “We’re real happy with how everything went. Saturday the fairgrounds were packed.”
The Cassgram reports there were only five cars for the demolition derby on Friday, one of the new events, but another new event, a hypnotist show on Saturday night, attracted a crowd that filled two-thirds or more of the seats in the open air auditorium.
Overall it was another great fair week, said Wehrbein. “We had a lot of favorable comments.”
“Good sponsors” play a key role in the growing attendance each year because they help keep it a free fair, said Wehrbein. Many people from other counties have commented to him that they are surprised that parking is free and the fair entertainment events are free.
Plans for next year’s fair are already being generated. Any new building projects are probably two or three years away, he said, but there will continue to be more concrete poured in the high traffic areas.
---Fair board members: Alan Horn, President, Weeping Water; Gary Sickmann, Vice-President, Louisville; Mark Rathe, Treasurer, Weeping Water; Kevin Albert, Secretary, Louisville; Steve Hauschild, Weeping Water; Scott Platt, Murdock; Dale Nickels, Murray; Duane Uhe, Nehawka; Susan Platt, Murdock; Matt Miller, Weeping Water; Carol Bley, Murdock; Sherry Kunz, Fair Board Accountant, Weeping Water