Heat is part of Boone County Fair tradition
Jerry Lewis, 42, of Columbia competes Wednesday in the first round of the demolition derby at the Boone County Fair. The grandstands were crowded despite high temperatures.
By Jodie Jackson Jr.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Columbia, MO-- By the time demolition derby drivers began spraying mud clumps into the packed grandstand last night at the Boone County Fair, the oppressive heat that delayed the start of carnival rides one hour had eased slightly.
Hundred-plus-degree heat seems to be a tradition of the annual fair, and a variety of events gave fair-goers a choice of staying in the air-conditioned multipurpose building or outdoors where the unmistakable aroma of deep-fried treats lured hungry visitors to stand in line to buy funnel cakes.
"This weather's tough," said fair co-manager Mike Teel as he finished off a pork steak sandwich and made his way to the small-animal tent where his grandson was getting ready to have a chicken judged in the poultry show.
The Nemesis 360 at the Boone County Fair on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
The fair certainly doesn't have much down time between events, Teel said. Last week, he said the decision to move from an 11-day fair to a five-day fair was a "calculated gamble" intended to increase the number of fairground visitors by provide more activities and options for entertainment.
The price of admission went up from $5 to $10 per day, but the new price includes access to grandstand events and a full lineup of free musical entertainment each night of the fair. Other new events include a kickball tournament tomorrow and mud volleyball on Saturday.