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Lynden fair attendance down this year — high temperatures blamed

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Highlights from the 2016 Northwest Washington Fair. Video by Evan Abell, Philip A. Dwyer and Robert Mittendorf. Music by Josh Woodward.
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Highlights from the 2016 Northwest Washington Fair. Video by Evan Abell, Philip A. Dwyer and Robert Mittendorf. Music by Josh Woodward.

Fewer people went to the Northwest Washington Fair this year because of hot weather that hit the 90s, its general manager said Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Attendance dropped by about 2.7 percent to nearly 184,000 for the six-day fair, which ended Saturday, Aug. 20.

A total of 189,154 attended last year.

Regardless, the fair’s general manager was content.

“It was a great week. While the record-setting temperatures limited our ability to set any attendance records, we were very pleased with the outcome,” Jim Baron said in a news release, adding that carnival and food-vendor revenue were up over recent years.

And while attendance was down compared with last year, Baron noted the numbers were well within the averages of the last few years.

Fair-goers liked the grandstand entertainment, he said, referring to the demolition derby, the rodeo and three musical acts that included a sold-out crowd for country singer Josh Turner.

Also among the musical acts was the hit ’80s rock band Loverboy, which people were able to see this year for free with gate admission.

“The Loverboy concert did well. While the grandstand was not packed, many people took advantage of the complimentary tickets and we heard a lot of positive feedback,” Baron said. “It was a great concert and people loved it.”

The Wenatchee Youth Circus, a new act, also was a crowd pleaser, he said.

“We knew the Wenatchee Youth Circus would be popular, but even they were impressed with the large number of people watching every show. We hope it works with their schedule to return next year,” Baron said.

Next year’s fair will be Aug. 14-19.

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

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