Allen County Fair says farewell for the year

People enjoy the Dirt Drags which was the final event of the fair.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Sunday was the last day of the 25th Allen County Fair.

Organizers said they had higher attendance at this year’s fair compared to last year, and on Thursday, there was record-breaking attendance for a single day in all of the fair’s history. Some credit the weather for the turnout because the rain held off until the last 30 minutes of the fair.

The final event at the fair was the Dirt Drags race. A small crowd from around the state and region came out to watch on the last day. Fair organizers said the motor sports had the best attendance over the week. However, most of the people in attendance had the best reviews for the food vendors and the improved Midway. Jerry Hammon, the Allen County Fair Director of Special Events, said it’s rewarding to see how far the fair has come.

“It was actually kind of a swamp, and now it’s this great fairgrounds with good buildings where we can have a fair with so many different events going on that’s all possible,” he said.

Hammon said it takes about a week to clean up after the fair, and he estimated that the board raised around $100,000 for the fairgrounds.

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