One of the marquee fair events, the Friday night demolition derby, saw people “packed in tight” in the grandstand, Turner said.
Last year’s fair was a virtual ghost town compared to this year’s fair. Organizers did not allow the general public to attend the 2020 fair as Ohio’s health department prohibited last summer large social gatherings in hopes to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Though attendance was seemingly back to normal, Turner said they did see a downturn in animal entries.
“I think a lot of people were afraid they were going to get stuck with an animal if restrictions came and we weren’t able to have our sale,” Turner said.
But having the fair opened for the general public was very important for the Butler County Agricultural Society, Turner said.
“I just want to thank everybody for coming out to support us because we desperately needed it,” he said. “After sitting idle for a year, financially, it hurts.”