By Laura Brown

Triplicate Staff Writer

Attendance grew and crowds jammed the stands for this years Del Norte County Fair.

We couldnt ask for better attendance or weather, said fair manager Randy Hatfield.

Hatfield said the attendance was up 5 percent over last year. The rodeo was standing room only even after more bleachers were brought in. Hatfield said its a toss up between the rodeo and the demolition derby. Both events are immensely popular.

Parking became a problem only during rodeo night when people parked three cars deep making it difficult for some people to leave the fairgrounds. Its a huge lot. A lot of people dont pay attention. They do their own thing. You just have to stay on top of it.

Hatfield said plans for more entertainment during the Derby is being discussed. We want to bring in guys who do rollovers. We want to try to fill in the gaps when there is dead time. I like to see things move all the time. I think next year we will improve and make it more exciting.

Now all that remains, Hatfield said, is cleanup of the fairgrounds.

If you dont have any garbage, you dont have any people here, said a worn-out Hatfield. Well have things cleaned up in about a week. This is tough work. A lot of people quit before the fair was over, Hatfield said.

Hatfield and his five helpers will not only pick up trash this week but clean out and prepare the livestock area for winter and take down all the displays and store them away.

Ill just do with what Ive got. Well get it done. Were tired. We dont really want to go work. Everyone is moving in slow motion. The day after just drags, said Hatfield who says he drinks a lot of coffee during the fair and doesnt dare eat or hell fall asleep.

All the effort was worth it, though, Hatfield said.

Ive been in the business 29 years and think we have a lot to be proud of. I feel the board of directors worked hard on how to make the facility better.