News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 16, 2013

Official: 84th annual Vigo County Fair a big success

Fair board to meet this month to work on changes for next year

Dustyn Fatheree
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Fair-goers packed up their livestock, ribbons and plaques on Saturday as the 84th annual Vigo County Fair concluded.

Like past years, the fair board will meet later this month to come to consensus on what changes will be made in the 2014 Vigo County Fair.

“The process is in place for another successful fair next year,” said Jennifer Cook, president of the 2013 Wabash Valley Fair board. “We will meet as a board, and assess this year’s flaws and make the changes that we believe will make next year’s fair run even smoother.”

Overall, this year has been successful coming off of last year’s drought, Cook said.

“It was a wonderful week at the fair,” she said. “It only rained one day [Wednesday] which canceled the race — that was a disappointment.”

Some renovations were made since the 2012 fair, she said.

Since last year was so hot, the board decided to permanently air condition the exhibit hall, Cook added. People could cool off in the exhibit hall and enjoy the 4-H projects that were displayed in the building.

“This was a great idea and people really seemed to enjoy the option to get out of the heat,” she said.

Other event renovations consisted of introducing new acts to the Rick’s Smokehouse and Pepsi stage. She said the acts were “very well received.” Some of the new acts included Levi Riggs, a country musician, and Silly Safaris Live Animals. Based on the attendance of this year’s events, the board has started planning for next year’s free stage events.

Although statistics on total revenue and attendance won’t be available until later this month, Cook said she is confident in this year’s turnout.

“Across the board, everyone seemed to love the 4-H activities, the grandstand events were well received, the concession row and carnival areas were packed every night,” she said. “Hopefully, we can have an equally successful, if not more, fair next year.”

Reporter Dustyn Fatheree can be reached at 812-231-4255 and