The success of this year’s Del Norte County Fair was evident, not only in the amount of traffic which funneled through the Cooper Avenue and US 101 intersection, but on the faces of kids in attendance.
At one point, traffic controllers at the fairground gates were turning cars around and suggesting they park at Home Depot. Out on U.S. 101, traffic was backed up, at times, past Big 5 to the north and Jack in the Box, to the south.
The four-day fair brought everything from a rodeo, to a demolition derby to live music and carnival rides, along with exhibits of community talent and hard work.
Fair Coordinator Kim Floyd was admittedly tired when she picked up the phone Monday morning.
She said the fair had great attendance throughout and that this year featured a lot of new entries. While coordinators expected five or six trucks to enter the mud bog drag races, 27 trucks showed up for the event. Floyd spoke of the fair’s historic train display, provided by the Lion’s Club. The display was two years in the making and featured area towns as they would have looked 100 years ago.
She said she had been seeing Facebook posts of laughing happy children on her phone since the fair concluded.
“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of positive comments.” She said the fair is a community-driven event that has grown every year. She thanked and praised the many volunteers and others who helped make the fair happen this year.
Due to space issues, photos and results from the races and demolition derby will appear in the Thursday Del Norte Triplicate sports section. Fair contest and competition results were still being compiled as of deadline Monday and will also publish Thursday.