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Fair time really was fun time for all

August 15, 2017 GMT

In his final year as fairgrounds director, Harold Phillips pulled it off again.

2017 was another great year for the Douglas County fair.

Turnout for the fair was, once again, truly amazing. In our small county, 50,000 people walked through the gates over the course of four days — about half the county’s population.

Once inside, they were able to enjoy all the usual treats, from watching animals to eating fried food to riding the Ferris wheel.

This year’s concerts were a hit, too. Melissa Etheridge delivered a terrific performance, as did Old Dominion. Theory of a Deadman saved the day after Papa Roach pulled out, due to the lead singer getting throat surgery last week. The replacement got rave reviews and caused barely a blip in ticket sales, with most ticket holders happy to see the stand-in group.

Saturday’s entertainment was novel, with no big headline band for the evening, but a combination of smaller concerts and a bull-riding event.

The afternoon concert by Danny Gokey, which raised money for a family devastated by fire and loss, was a nice touch, and it speaks well for our community that it was so well attended. The concert benefited the Howell family of Riddle, who lost a mother and five children after a March house fire.

And perhaps best of all, the fair, as usual, was an opportunity for Douglas County residents to show their own hard work and talent. Quilts, photos, even dressed-up vegetables put local creativity on display.

Kids in 4-H and FFA programs put in hard work throughout the year, and got the chance to show us all their successes at raising livestock, from the small — rabbits and chickens — to the large — the champion steer and hog — and all the other contenders.

We had a terrific time at this year’s fair, and we bet you did too.