Kane County Fair attendance soars with the good weather

Cars collide at a past demolition derby held at the Kane County Fair. The derby will take place once more this Sunday at the fair's grandstand.| submitted
Cars collide at a past demolition derby held at the Kane County Fair. The derby will take place once more this Sunday at the fair's grandstand.| submitted

ST. CHARLES — With last week’s pleasant weather, attendance soared at the Kane County Fair.

Larry Breon, the fair board’s president, said that about 92,000 visits were made to the event, which ran Wednesday through Sunday. That compares to 70,000 or so that attended in 2013.

“Last year we had terrible weather. It was hot for part of the time, and it rained sideways once, and we shut down the fair twice because of tornado warnings,” Breon said.

“We had good weather this time, and we think we offer good programming, too. But the fair is so weather-driven,” Breon said.

Perhaps the most popular draw was the demolition derby on Sunday. According to Breon the two show times Sunday came close to filling the 3,000 capacity grandstand, with fans also watching from two sets of smaller, side bleachers.

“It’s almost always our biggest draw. It’s hard to imagine the fair without one,” Breon said.

New draws this year included the Big Cat Encounter included with general admission, and on the grandstand, a motocross show Thursday, and a pairing of bull riding and country concerts Friday and Saturday nights.

Patrons reported that one rider appeared to get hurt Friday night. Fair spokeswoman Pat Szpekowski said, “It’s our understanding the bull rider said he’s recovering nicely.”

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