Setup Crew Weathers the Storm as Blue Hill Fair Set to Open



BLUE HILL — Final preparation this week for the 2009 edition of the Blue Hill Fair included dealing with 10 inches of rain that fell on the fairgrounds over the past two weeks. But for a seasoned crew that prides itself on creating a relaxed, friendly atmosphere before, during and after the fair, it was all routine.

 

The fair opens today (Thursday) and runs through Labor Day.

Fair director Rob Eaton said heavy rains associated with Hurricane Danny last weekend and Hurricane Bill the previous weekend flooded areas of the infield, creating small ponds, and washed out a few sections of the dirt roads that crisscross the fairgrounds.

By Monday, all the road washouts had been repaired and gallons of water pooling in low-lying areas had been pumped out onto higher ground.

“It will dry out quickly now,” Eaton said, before moving on to the next task.

By all predictions, the unusually wet and cold weather that dominated the summer will seem to be from the distant past as blue skies and cool dry air move in to create a backdrop for the fair.

Though he has learned not to rely on forecasts, Eaton is pleased with the weather predictions for the run of the fair. He said the challenge to achieving success this year relates more to enticing crowds to come to the fair despite weak local and national economies.

Unable to control the weather or the economy, Eaton will prepare for large crowds and hope they come.

“If you don’t stock the shelves, people aren’t going to come,” he said. “It’s important to put a good product together. And I hope the sale price on Friday is attractive.”

This year’s fair will introduce “Thank God It’s Friday at the Fair,” a sliding admission fee that admits fairgoers for $1 between the 8 a.m. opening and 2 p.m. The admission price is $2 from 2 to 3 p.m., $3 from 3 to 4, $4 from 4 to 5, $5 from 5 to 6 and $6 from 6 p.m. to closing.

The admission price includes all the stage shows, special attractions, livestock exhibits, tractor pulls, sheep dog trials, auto thrill shows and other events that have made the fair an end-of-summer tradition since 1891. As always, the midway will light up the fairgrounds late into the night, offering games, rides and fair food.

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