‘We had a good fair…’


No waiting for the Giant Wheel Tuesday night, but Thursday, Friday and Saturday saw long lines.

No waiting for the Giant Wheel Tuesday night, but Thursday, Friday and Saturday saw long lines.

The 64th annual Blount County fair is in the books.

After a slow start due to rain and cooler weather on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, attendance quickly rebounded.

Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center Director Chase Moore said, “We had a good fair considering the weather.”

Moore said that new vendor Paradise Amusements offered exceptional service. Fairgoers commented to Moore on how much cleaner the rides were, how well maintained the rides appeared to be, and how the workers were respectful of attendees. To Moore’s knowledge, no rides were shut down due to mechanical issues.

Riders did experience long lines at times for the swings and Ferris Wheel. At some points on Friday and Saturday nights, there were in excess of 50 people waiting to get on these particular rides. This has not been the case in the last couple of years. Moore again credits the amusement provider for keeping these rides as safe and clean as possible.

While final numbers will not be revealed until the board meeting next week, Moore considers fair week a success. He said, “People seemed to better enjoy this fair. I noticed several people attending more than one night. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

Even though fair week has just wrapped up, plans are being put into place for the 2018 Blount County fair. Paradise Amusements has worked out some logistics, and next year’s fair is slated to include even more rides for everyone to enjoy.