Wet Weather Could Likely Bring This Year's Fair To Early End
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The weather was uncooperative on Saturday, September 22nd, which prompted the Bullwhip Rodeo, the 2018 Edmonson County Lions Club Fair finale, to cancel earlier today.
Fair officials said the heavy rains in the morning hours were too much for the dirt arena ring at the fairgrounds and that unsafe conditions would be present for rodeo animals and participants.
Rain throughout the day also made for unsafe carnival ride conditions so those activities were also cancelled for Saturday night.
"We're not able to reschedule the rodeo right now," said Fair Board Chairman A.B. Webb. "There's a horse show already scheduled at the fairgrounds for next week. Unless the carnival can open one day this week, they will be finished."
Webb said the decision was ultimately up to Mark's Midway Amusements, the carnival contractor. If they experience any schedule conflicts then this year's fair is officially over.
"Unfortunately, we can't do anything about the weather," Webb said. "We'd like to have one more night but it's out of our hands right now. The fair is scheduled for the same time each year and lots of other schedules have to fit together to make it all work. We'll make a final announcement as soon as we know."
Webb said other than soggy weather, the fair had a good turnout once again this year.
"We appreciate all the hard work our Lions Club volunteers put in for the fair, not just this week, but all year long," he added. "We also want to thank our local emergency workers for helping us throughout the week. It takes several organizations and volunteers to make the fair happen and we're thankful for everyone that helped this year."
All proceeds from the fair help fund all the charitable causes that are sponsored by the Lions Club each year. No member of the Lions Club receives any payment.