Winston-Salem fair ends with drop in attendance, but good weather boosts numbers on weekends | Local News


Patrons of the fair are reflected in the puddles as they line up for the rides on Tuesday at the Carolina Classic Fair.

Walt Unks, Journal

Attendance at the Carolina Classic Fair ended Sunday with a 37% drop from 2019, but fair organizers said good weather during the fair’s weekend days limited the scale. of the decline.

Organizing the event for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, fair officials said they were satisfied with the way the fair was going.

“Usually the only thing that affects attendance is the weather,” said Cheryle Hartley, the show’s director. “We had a heavy dose of rain last week, so our overall attendance was down 37% from 2019. Interestingly, the four weekend days of the fair, when the weather was good, we didn’t were that 17% down, year after year. year, the weather was therefore a major factor.

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The fair took place from October 1 to 10 and therefore organized two weekends of events for festival-goers. Although the show organizers have a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place, they said they know attendance is at risk of suffering. The fair required people to wear masks everywhere inside, although some visitors said they saw many people ignore the requirement to mask themselves.

Attendance was 182,048 people. Competitive entries for livestock, food, flowers and other categories were also down: 15,786 entries for 2021, down from 28,017 in 2019, the last time the show was held before the coronavirus does not force the cancellation of the 2020 show.

“We were just happy to get people back to work and to see families come together to enjoy a fair after a two-year hiatus,” Hartley said.


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