Record-setting 2013 Williamson County Fair comes to an end
By Carole Robinson
Fair Board Chairman Rogers Anderson proclaims the 2013 Williamson County Fair a rockin’ success. Total revenues before expenses increased almost 20 percent. That includes gate receipts, vendor sales, Midway tickets, fair concessions and Groupon sales.
Although rain threatened almost every day of Rock Around the Clock, six of the nine days were deemed “very good.” Moderate temperatures contributed greatly to the annual event’s success … and great entertainment, Anderson said.
Success is measured by attendance, receipts, repeat customers, comments and the smiles, he added.
Although official attendance estimates are a couple of weeks from release, the parking lots speak volumes. Full lots led to overflow parking almost a nightly. An early “predictor” decided to go out on a limb midweek and laud the attendance as better than past years.
Thursday saw the lightest attendance. It was the night before the first day of class for county schools and second night for Franklin city schools. Sporadic rains also may have kept attendance down Thursday.
The first day of school always lands during fair week, so “we’ll have to figure that out,” Anderson noted.
Monday the Pay it Forward program raised almost 3.5 tons of canned food for Graceworks’ food pantry. At two cans per person for admission, that’s a lot of people – and canned spinach!
“We are very pleased with the participation,” Anderson said. “We had between 1,300 and 1,400 volunteers—more than anticipated. And, we can’t forget to thank our sponsors. The vendors are satisfied, and when they’re happy, we’re happy.”
Popular music acts like the Elvis tribute artists always draw a crowd, but the number one attraction continues to be Little One’s Farming, Anderson said. What surprised the chairman was the interest in the livestock shows.
“We had the largest beef show we have ever had, a tremendous sheep show. Every event was superior,” he said.
Parking and traffic issues still need to be addressed. The line of vehicles even created a delay on Saturday for one of the fair’s most favorite performers. Shawn Klush, the first Ultimate Elvis, was delayed by traffic for an hour, so the youngest Ultimate Elvis – the 2012 winner – began the show.
“We will be working on that during the off-season,” Anderson said.
Mark the calendar for Friday Aug. 1, 2014—only 350 days until the 2014 Fair opens.
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Posted on: 8/14/2013