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Halifax County Fair showing good numbers

“I definitely think it was a success,” said Donnell Corelle, Halifax County Fair coordinator, talking about the latest edition of the century-old Halifax County Fair.

The preliminary numbers are in for the fair, and Corelle said she is pleased with what she is seeing. “We had attendance of over 18,000 over the five nights,” she explained. “And early projections indicate profit will top the $10,000 mark.”

Corelle said attendance each night was up over last year except for Friday night. “I don’t know where to attribute that,” she said. “Perhaps it had something to do with no wristbands for the rides, or maybe it was the entertainment. I just don’t know.”

The fair coordinator said the grandstand shows were generally popular this year. “We ended up having a full grandstand for the Marty Stuart Show on Saturday night,” she said. “A high percentage of those attending that night came from out of town, with folks coming from as far away as Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland to see Marty Stuart.”

The Joey + Rory Show Wednesday night also was very popular with fair attendees, Corelle said. “Wednesday night we had a lot of people from out of the county attending,” she said.

“Over 14 percent of paid admissions were from out of the county that night,” Corelle added, saying fair attendees were asked their zip codes to determine their place of residence.

The exhibit hall was full as well as the livestock barn. “Exhibitors were back this year,” she explained. “On Sunday we had exhibitors lined up outside the exhibit hall waiting to register their items.

“We had a lot of compliments on the exhibit hall,” Corelle said. “There were more exhibits than in recent years, and I feel like we’ve gotten the exhibit hall back again.”

The fair coordinator said she would like to address the rides issue next year. “I would like to bring in more rides and a greater variety of rides for the midway next year,” she explained.

Corelle also said more big-name entertainers draw big crowds. “Bringing in entertainment with big name recognition really helps to bring in the numbers,” she said.

Examining gate receipts, Corelle said adult attendance at the fair was outstanding over the five nights. “It seems like we had two adults for every child,” she said. “When we looked at the numbers, it appears we had approximately 14,000 adults and about 4,000 children.”

Although the final totals are not in, Corelle is pleased with what she has seen. “We should have the final numbers in the next few days,” she said. “But I am very pleased with what I’ve seen.”