McLean County Fair has another successful year

By Joe Bennett

August 5, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- While most carnivals wrap up by Sunday evenings, this Sunday, the Tilt-A-Whirl and funnel cakes were still heating up as the weather cooled down.

Fair Manager Mike Swartz says the 4-H projects supplied plenty of no-cost entertainment for families, including the animal Showmanship Classic.

"Nothing to do with the animal, but how they present it, and they're competing with one another, so someone who might be a dairy or a bee person is actually showing sheep and hogs, a species that they're not used to." Swartz calls it, "A lot of fun competition."

He says events like the Showmanship Classic helped make this one of the best fairs he's seen in his nine years as manager.

It also helps to offer free fun and discounts for late-comers.

On the last day of the fair, admission is free after 3 p.m., and you have access to unlimited rides for a $14.00 wrist band from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Swartz says it was a hammock week at the fair with surprisingly high attendance the first two days.

"Wednesday and Thursday were great days for us," Swartz says. "We'd normally think that midweek days for us would be slow, but they were big days for us."

Swartz sees the end of the week as sort of a rain delay.

He says those who missed Saturday came out it droves on Sunday.

According to one fair goer, Amina Owens, "I thought it was going to rain today, because it was raining last night, but to see that it is not raining right now is a big relief."

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