Most Viewed Stories
Attendance down on Yuma fair's opening day
Click here to see photos from the 2013 Yuma County Fair
After six decades in operation, the Yuma County Fair is still amazing the thousands of attendees who come out to enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of the traditional gathering.
During opening day Tuesday, more than 20,000 people flocked to the fairgrounds to enjoy live entertainment, to eat the famous cinnamon rolls or to get dizzy on one of the crazy rides set up under the supervision of Brown’s Amusements of Mesa.
"Opening day was really great," said Eric Wofford, fair manager. "It was really well received. Everybody had a great time."
The fair has run smoothly so far, Wofford added, noting that is the result of months of planning and preparation in advance of opening day.
While the number of attendees was smaller this year than on opening day of the 2012 fair, Wofford was still very pleased with the turnout.
"We were going up against a record year, so we were a little down from last year, but that is to be expected. We still had a great attendance."
Attendance also looked excellent on Wednesday, especially for the annual Demolition Derby, Wofford said.
The exact number of attendees during the second day of the fair was unavailable as of press time Wednesday.
During the derby, the grandstands were packed with fans cheering on their favorite driver involved in the vehicular carnage. The derby was won by Susye Erwin.
She is one of only two female drivers in history to have won a Demolition Derby held at the Yuma County Fairgrounds, including those held during the annual Fourth of July celebrations.
Those who have not yet had a chance to attend this year’s "Grand Ol’ Fair" still have four more days to enjoy it.
Thursday and Friday, the fairgrounds will open at 8 a.m. for livestock shows, while the exhibit buildings and carnival area open at noon.
On Saturday the exhibit buildings and carnival area will open at 10 a.m. and on Sunday at noon.
Admission is $5 for those 13 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under.
"We’ve got four days left of the fair," Wofford said. "Come on out and have a great time."
For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.yumafair.com.