Rains stay away from fair, for the most part

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Aug 10, 2011 - 05:33 PM

Photo: Danielle Keeton, 6, and Chase Steele, 3, of Gloucester take a spin on a carnival ride at the Gloucester County Fair on Thursday evening. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Danielle Keeton, 6, and Chase Steele, 3, of Gloucester take a spin on a carnival ride at the Gloucester County Fair on Thursday evening. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

Rain, the traditional bane of the Gloucester County Fair, made a brief appearance last week, but didn’t significantly disrupt the 41st annual event, which was held at Ark Park.

Photo: 31/2-year-old Rebecca Countiss blows a kiss to the crowd during the Miss Gloucester Pageant. Countiss is the daughter of Robert and Mary Countiss of James Store. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

31/2-year-old Rebecca Countiss blows a kiss to the crowd during the Miss Gloucester Pageant. Countiss is the daughter of Robert and Mary Countiss of James Store. Photo by Charlie Koenig.

A storm on Wednesday evening caused the cancellation of the second day of NWA Fusion professional wrestling, and a brief shower passed through on Thursday between the opening ceremony and the Miss Gloucester Pageant—but other than that, the weather cooperated.

More than 4,000 visitors attended the five days of the fair and carnival, which ended on Saturday night, according to Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism director Carol Steele. Counting all the various and sundry vendors, exhibitors and volunteers, she added, those numbers were probably closer to 5,000.

"It was a good attendance," Steele said. "We had a little bit of rain, but we didn’t have a full washout."

Robert Thayer, president of the Gloucester Fair Association, echoed Steele’s comments. "We had an excellent fair," he said. "We had a little bit of rain, but it wasn’t bad … The weather was a blessing."