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A fair time: New events, old favorites a hit at county fair

Staff writer

A barbecue contest, food vendors, and beer garden were big hits this year at Marion County Fair.

President Brent Unruh said organizers couldn’t give attendance estimates just yet.

“The beer garden went over very well,” he said. “I heard some numbers from the beer garden on derby night. Just going off what have I heard I believe it went very well.”

Three teams entered the barbecue contest which was well attended by people who wanted to taste great food.

Parents appreciated a free activity for children provided by bounce houses.

“Thank you for having these this year!” visitor Amanda Lee said. “I am so thankful you added this! Please include them again next year.”

Old favorites were embraced too as rodeo fans packed the Kraft arena Wednesday and Thursday to watch talented competitors ride and rope.

A dozen brave younsters tried to stay on a sheep during mutton busting .

More than 20 cars signed up to compete in at this year’s demolition derby — always a draw at the fair.

Scott Schultz and Carter Hamm, first-time competitors at the derby, placed 11th and sixth in bone stock. Their fathers Scott Schultz and Jason Hamm finished in 10th and fifth place.

Last modified July 29, 2021