JOHNSON, Vt. - Although the rain kept some fair goers away on Sunday, organizers say the past two days they saw record crowds. While those crowds spend money at the fair they also boost the local economy as well.
“We've been straight out busy all weekend,” said Anne Mullings, President of Lamoille County Field Days.
The Lamoille County Field Days is the second fair of the season in Vermont. And thousands of people flocked to the fair grounds for the three day event.
“We've had great crowds; we were up both Friday and Saturday. And we were hoping for even a normal day today and we would have broken our record. But the rain came in this morning and wiped us out,” said Mullings.
Organizers say each year they try to bring in something new and exciting and this year the fair boasted something for everyone.
“We had a hypnotist here; we had a chainsaw demonstration going on all weekend. We’ve had bands all weekend in the gazebo. We’ve had buddy the clown running around, he's running around here now in his little clown car,” said Mullings.
Each day the fair attracts thousands of people to enjoy the rides, the food, and even the vendors. That means along the way, those people had to spend money to get here.
“They stop for gas, they stop for food. We've got campgrounds in the area that they stay at. It just helps out the whole place,” said Mullings.
We spoke to the manager at a gas station just down the road from the fair grounds. She says since the fair kicked off on Friday, they’ve seen more people stopping by for gas and snacks.
“It brings money into Johnson; it brings money into the whole community,” said Mullings.
And even if people just spend a few dollars in town it all helps boost the local economy.
The Lamoille County Field Days wrapped up today and organizers say now the work begins to prepare for next year’s fair.