County Fair Ends With Rain, Mud, Bargains And Smiles
LEHMAN TWP. — There was some good news amidst much rain and mud at the final day of the 56th annual Luzerne County Fair on Sunday.
Admission was half off the regular price — $5 instead of $10 — and lines for food and rides were short.
Crowds were sparse early Sunday afternoon as a steady rain, gray skies and temperatures in the 50s kept many would-be fairgoers at home, according to fair volunteers.
“It’s been very quiet,” said Kathy Martin, a volunteer in charge of several displays, including winning entries of contests for 4-H members and an open class category open to anyone.
“We’ve had some brave souls out here,” said Martin, in her ninth year of volunteering at the fair.
Shavertown resident Vita Reddy volunteered at the fair for the second straight year, at the arts and crafts display.
She decided to come back this year because she “met so many nice people” last year, Reddy said.
Reddy said she felt bad for the vendors, who lost business because of the raw, dreary weather.
“It’s a shame,” she said. “A lot of people lost a lot of money.”
Rich Williams, the fair’s inside vendor chairman, said organizers chose to reduce the admission fee Sunday to encourage people to come out in spite of the challenging conditions. Although the scheduled musical acts were canceled, fair volunteers hoped to keep the gates open till the planned closing time of 9:30 p.m., he said.
Rich Ferri, of Duryea, stood in the rain near an animal-petting exhibit, waiting for his children.
Ferri said Sunday was the only day he and his family could attend the fair, due to work and other activities.
The last-day rain was unfortunate, but did not stop his children from enjoying the rides and animal attractions, Ferri said.
“We try to come here every year,” he said.
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