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Fairgrounds Close Early

The weather conditions hampered the mood for the opening day at the Boonville Oneida County Fair.

Posted: Jul. 24, 2018 11:22 PM

BOONVILLE- The weather conditions hampered the mood for the opening day at the Boonville Oneida County Fair. For over half of the day the fairgrounds were open until a storm cell swept through the area.

“Something we can’t control is mother nature,” said Brian Trainor, associate fair director. “You know we set our cards down but if she throws the ace you know we lose.”

The fairgrounds shut down for good around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Not only were the grounds closed early but also were the rides, parade, and fireworks.

“We met for about 15 to 20 minutes looking at radars,” said Trainor. “Are people actually going to show up when it is pouring rain, you would have to imagine probably not.”

According to the fair board, the track was flooded with water from torrential downpours earlier in the day and more coming around 7:00 p.m.

“There was no way we could put fire trucks on the track in the condition it currently is in,” said Trainer.

Despite the rain and damp conditions families still had fun earlier in the day.

“Even on a rainy day the kids love it,” said Jessie Pike, a local fairgoer. “It’s super great to come out with the rides and the kids.”

The fair will be open tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. and the fireworks are rescheduled for Friday evening.

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