Jul 28, 2015

2015's Park County Fair an overall success, organizers say

Despite “a few bumps in the road,” the 2015 Park County Fair went pretty well, said Teecee Barrett, a member of the Park County Fair Board.

“I think we had a pretty good fair,” Barrett said.

From a law enforcement perspective, the 2015 Park County Fair “was a really good fair,” said Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt. In fact, it’s the best fair he can recall in his 12 years with the department.

Fair organizers say the carnival's numbers were up. Cody News Co. photo by Ilene Olson
“Everybody seemed to be in a really good mood,” Eckerdt said. “Everybody was friendly. Everybody was cordial — not just with us, but in their interactions with other people.”

From Barrett’s perspective, fair highlights included the new multi-use building opening up for exhibits and good participation in livestock shows.

Fair office manager PJ Chouinard said grandstand events were well attended. While specific numbers aren’t available yet, she said more than 1,500 tickets were sold for the Chris Cagle concert, the Demolition Derby was sold out (as usual), attendance at Knights of Valour was up from last year, and Endurocross attendees enjoyed that event as well.

Pig Wrestling also went well, she said, and a calcutta helped raise money for tables and chairs for the new building.

In the calcutta, people bid on the pig-wrestling teams, and the owner of the winning team in each division received a percentage of the money received in bids for that division. The rest of the bid money went toward furnishing the new building, Chouinard said.

Chouinard said she got good comments about Mango and Dango, the stilt walkers.

“People really liked them,” she said. In addition, one person said Michael Mezmer was the best hypnotist ever at the fair.

“He wanted him back, for sure,” she said.

Chouinard said vendors’ and carnival numbers were up as well.

Adelle Ostrom of Cody accepts a ribbon for her prize-winning chicken during Thursday's poultry show. Cody News Co. photo by CJ Baker
Barrett said a couple of vendors weren’t happy with their location early on during the fair, so they were offered different spots. One took the offer to move to a more central location, and the other chose to leave, she said.

When the fair was over, vendors were "happy and excited” with the experience, Chouinard said.

It was a pretty short list of notable fair week incidents for Powell police: officers caught a teenage drinker at the fairgrounds on Tuesday night, cited a juvenile driver and three passengers for underage drinking after a downtown traffic stop early Saturday morning and cited a man for disorderly conduct after an altercation at a downtown bar early Sunday morning, police logs show.

Police also picked up three local people on active warrants during the week (two at the fairgrounds). but Eckerdt said those numbers aren't really out of the ordinary.

A few reports of dangerous activity in and around the fairgrounds — including of someone trying to sell drugs, people using drugs and of drunk people in a car nearly hitting some pedestrians — all turned out to be unfounded; the supposed drug dealer didn’t have any drugs and wasn’t trying to sell any, a couple people in a car weren’t using drugs and the reported bad driver wasn’t intoxicated, police logs say.

“It was a great week,” Eckerdt said, though he doesn't have any concrete theories as to why things went so well.

He thanked the Park County Sheriff’s Office for the extra personnel who helped patrol the fair.


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