XENIA — The packed stands at Tuesday’s big country concert helped boost this year’s Greene County Fair attendance.
As of Wednesday afternoon, attendance had reached roughly 30,000 thanks to the sold-out Cole Swindell and Clark Manson show where the country singer-songwriters performed for 2,600 fans at the Grandstand.
“Attendance is about the same as last year,” fair spokesperson Jeff Barr said Wednesday. “The concert last night pulled attendance up some. We had a great turnout for it.”
During yesterday’s Fair Board meeting, members agreed they wanted to continue to provide national artists in upcoming years.
“We were all super excited. Everyone agreed we want to put Greene County on the map with more big name entertainment at our fair,” said Barr.
The attendance last year was up by 24 percent, which Barr attributed to the cooler weather in 2013. He said that the threat of rain this past Sunday resulted in lower attendance numbers that day. With rain in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, fair organizers have their fingers crossed for good attendance.
“With any outdoor event our biggest worry is the weather,” Barr added. “We just hope we’ll luck out with good weather and no more rain the rest of the week.”
There are still some big attractions board members hope will draw a crowd. Family Night is once again Thursday, July 31. Rides will open at 4 p.m. with wristbands for kids available for $12 each until 10 p.m. when the fair closes.
Fair favorite Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers are set to perform at 7 p.m. Thursday. The award-winning bluegrass group has an energetic mix of bluegrass and gospel music, inventive instrumental work, a wide variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor.
Fair organizers are gearing up for a bigger Tractor Pull by bringing in the Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association (OSTPA) for this year’s event at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and the Demo Derby will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 in the grandstand.
Rick Hendersen and The Shotgun Band will finish out the week’s musical entertainment at 8 p.m. Friday. They have been entertaining crowds for more than 30 years with new and old country, new and old rock-n-roll, pop, standards, and comedy.