Fair attendance slips heading into final weekend

Xavier Smith • Updated Aug 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Attendance figures for the 2016 Wilson County Fair through Wednesday show a decrease from last year’s totals, although half of the days have seen an increase in attendance. 

Total attendance through Wednesday was 218,659, which is a decrease of 47,447 people from last year’s mark at the same time. 

Attendance was down around 86,000 people from the first weekend last year, with Saturday’s mark at almost 66,000 people less than a year ago. 

Wilson County Promotions president Hale Moss said the James E. Ward Agricultural Center received around 4 inches of rainfall during a 24-hour period during the first weekend this year. 

Friday drew 25,468 people, while Saturday brought in 40,067 and Sunday 61,086 for the first weekend. The weekdays saw 26,673 on Monday, 34,972 on Tuesday and 30,393 people Wednesday, which had 22,321 more people than last year. 

All three weekdays had increased attendance, while weekend days all showed a decline in attendance.

The Wilson County Fair would need 339,043 visitors in its last three days to meet the 2015 attendance mark, 265,437 visitors to meet the 2014 mark and 322,421 people to meet the average attendance of the last five years. 

Friday is Spring Leaf Day at the Wilson County Fair. Gates, buildings and carnival open at 5 p.m.

Events for the day include the beef cattle show II, Fair Princess pageants - divisions I, II and III, demolition derby, lawnmower demolition derby, junior commercial ewe and market lamb shows, Jazz Alliance, AGMA Championship gaited mule show, along with other daily activities.

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