CADIZ – Hot, humid days, mixed with rain toward weeks end, would not keep people from enjoying the 164th Harrison County Fair this year.

Fair Board President Don Jones reported a 2-percent increase in totals at the gate with Saturday’s tractor and truck pulls drawing large crowds.

“We’re pleased, despite three days of 90-degree heat and 1 1/2 inches of rain on Friday. Saturday was possibly one of the best attendance days in the past five years,” Jones said. “That’s one of the best crowds I can remember on any day. Saturday’s attendance equaled the first four days altogether.”

Everyone looks forward to eating at the fair and this year was no exception. With a wide variety of food available, from steak sandwiches to fried Oreos, there was plenty to satisfy each attendee’s appetite.

Jones attributed the better turnout to the hard work of everyone involved, not only fair board members but also participating vendors and 4-H members.

“It takes everybody on the fair board, and then some, to make the fair work. We’re starting next month to get ready for next year and will accept input from the public,” he concluded. “It’s about trying to do the best we can do for the county.”

Pictured above, 7-year-old Brianna Dickey has her face painted by Jelly Bean the Clown in the Commercial Building during the fair. Brianna is the daughter of Mike and Sandy Dickey, new owners of the Freeport Market in Freeport.

NH Photos/AMY GAREIS, ROBERT A. DEFRANK