Sunny skies doubles Ninilchik Fair attendance

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

In contrast to last year's cloudy rainy weather, clear sunny skies greeted fair-goers at the Ninilchik State Fair this year.


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"People still came and played in the rain last year, but the sunny weather just doubled our numbers this year," said Mary Clock, Fair manager.

The annual egg toss alone doubled in participants. "They were just butt to butt doing the egg toss, but it was really great," added Clock.


Fair-goers of all ages line up for the raw egg toss at the Ninilchik Fair

There were also more vendors and exhibits then ever before, with the 4-H Livestock auction selling nearly 60 homegrown, hogs, cattle, sheep, turkeys, chickens and rabbits. According to auctioneer Norm Blakeley, there were more animals, sponsors, and buyers then ever before.

Politician booths were also abundant at this year's fair, and for those who became a little confused about who to vote for, there was a psychic booth offering tarot card and palm readings.


Youngsters try their skills at calf riding during the family style rodeo at the Ninilchik Fair

The sunny weather held out for all three days of the fair, which made the three-day passes also more popular than ever.

For rodeo lovers, this year's family style rodeo was a main event, with barrel racing, pole bending, kid calve riding, and wild cow milking. The event was the final round in the series of four rodeos that contestants have been competing in during the summer in order to accumulate points in various events through the season to win year-end awards.


Kim Smith, owner of Bungee Mania Co. in Eagle River, assists Heidi Moore of Soldotna on the popular bungee trampoline at the Fair.

The addition of a Laser Beam Show brought about some changes in the Exhibit Hall, but everyone seemed to enjoy the show as well as the more open location of the quilt display.

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