Fair yields another good year in attendance, revenue

Published 4:09 pm Monday, October 10, 2011

The Chilton County Fair, featuring Kissel Rides and Shows, saw another positive turnout in attendance and revenue this year.

The fair was held from Monday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Oct. 1.

Kiwanis Club President Jimbo Patterson said the Kiwanis Club grossed about $65,000 in total revenue, and more than 10,000 people entered the gates, not including children whose admission was free.

“We were just a tad bit down as far as income that was brought in, but still very close to last year, and last year was a record year,” Patterson said. “We’re very pleased with the turnout.”

Patterson said the Kiwanis Club will hold a budget meeting in November to determine how much money is at its disposal for the club itself and charity organizations after covering fair and fairground maintenance expenses.

Chilton County Extension Coordinator Gay West said attendance at the livestock shows seemed better this year, especially at the steer and heifer show.

“We had good participation at the steer show and heifer show,” West said.

The steer show is comprised of participants in Chilton County only, while the heifer show is open to the entire state.

West said steers were divided into light-, middle- and heavyweight classes, and heifers were divided into 12 classes.

Other livestock sectors proved popular this year as well, with the goat and lamb shows now open to the state.

“We had more goats in our competition this year,” West said.

The Kiwanis Club would like to thank Jemison Key Club members; students at LeCroy Career/Tech School; the Clanton Police Department and Police Explorers; the Chilton County Rescue Squad; the Chilton County Commission, the City of Clanton; and all Kiwanis Club sponsors.

“We had good help all week,” Patterson said, adding that the Kiwanis Club would also like to thank everybody who attended the Chilton County Fair this year.