The Wapello County Fair sees large crowds despite Friday’s storm

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 9:29 PM CDT
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ELDON, Iowa (KYOU) - County fair season in Iowa kicked off last week, starting with the Wapello County Fair.

The Wapello County Fair saw a bigger crowd than usual after last year’s fair was canceled because of COVID-19.

Wapello Fair Board President Kevin Orman says the crowds over the weekend were better than he hoped for.

“I thought we had a bigger turnout in the grandstand than we had in many years.”

A good thing, because he says they put in twice the work to make up for missing last year.

“I think people were just ready to get out so they came down to enjoy the show.”

Due to the impending storm on Friday evening, the Fair moved up their musical acts to avoid it. They cut the time on the two opening acts, having headliner Chris Janson start about thirty minutes earlier. Orman says by “doing that we actually ended the show by the time the lightning started hitting.” He also says he’s not aware of any damage that the storm did to the grounds.

After the festivities ended on Sunday, the carnival and vendors packed up quickly, leaving a few crews left to finish cleaning up on Monday.

Orman is looking forward to next year, hoping to have an even better fair than this year. “We had a few issues. We’ll work them out and go on.”

The Jefferson County Fair starts Monday, June 21st running through June 27th.

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