Fair attendance increases

NEW ULM – Favorable weather, two well-attended demolition derbies and interest in nightly entertainment were among the highlights of the 2014 Brown County Fair, according to Brown County Fair Board President Lucy Gluth.

“We had beautiful weather and the best crowds I’ve seen in my 15 years on the board,” Gluth said. “I think we had a lot of happy people. The demo derbies were awesome, and it seems people liked the carnival rides and the looks of it.”

Gluth said Wednesday night’s demolition derby was not a sellout, but Saturday’s demo derby sold out and then some. “We had to turn people away Saturday night after running out of tickets,” Gluth added. “We asked people without tickets to go to the back gate and buy tickets on the pit side and watch from behind that area. I’d say it was a good, well-behaved crowd.”

Gluth said she was impressed with the “awesome” Minnesota Gladiolus Society show in the New Ulm Civic Center that included well more than 500 flowers (spikes).

“Open class entry numbers were down a bit, but we still had a lot,” Gluth explained. “We tried the monster truck event again on Friday night, like we did a few years ago. We didn’t have a lot of people for that. We may try something else next year. Anybody with input can talk to a fair board member. We don’t have all the answers.”

Brown County Fair Board members include Gluth, Vice President Ross Hellendrung, New Ulm; Secretary Sue Ahlness, Sleepy Eye; Treasurer Barb Lux, Sleepy Eye; and directors Sue Beran, Cindy Hauser, Dan Kotten and Marv Sluiter, all of New Ulm; Jan Dittbenner, Morgan; Jim Marti and Patti Braulick, both of Sleepy Eye; Marlin Portner, Mankato; and Greg Scholtz, Comfrey.

For more information, call 507-354-2223 or write P.O. Box 221, 1201 N. State St., New Ulm, MN 56073.

Visit www.browncountyfreefair.com/information/

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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