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Pierce County Fair draws crowds
July 5, 2019

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The smell of barbecue and the roar of diesel engines were in the air on Rugby's north side as the 2019 Pierce County Fair kicked off another weekend of fun last Thursday through Sunday.

Enthusiastic crowds took in evening concerts performed by rock tribute bands Arch Allies and Hells Bells and daytime activities such as a tractor pull and demolition derby.

Free acts drew large crowds as well: Magic shows, art displays, a pig race and a petting zoo gave people a chance to stroll through the grass-covered grounds and enjoy conversations with friends new and old.

Among the food attractions were a steak dinner Saturday night and a rib cook off.

At the front gate, volunteers served as sources of information instead of ticket sellers.

"People really like is that there's no admission to the gates," said volunteer Toni Stevenson.

"I've worked with (fair organizers) Khloe (Sobolik) and Diane Dufner on other activities. And I love to volunteer," Stevenson added.

"I volunteer every year for the Pierce County Fair. This is my fourth day this year. I volunteer every day. I enjoy seeing people that I know that are coming back to the area for the summer."

Stevenson said she received lots of positive feedback this year.

"Everybody has had a really good time," she said. "We've had lots of compliments on the free shows; everybody's just enjoying it. There's more to see."

Stevenson said there was more to taste this year as well.

"The mini doughnuts I took those home with me last night. And I'm just on my way to get a corn dog right now," she recounted, describing the food she ate over the fair's four days. "I had a taco in a bag, and a brisket."

Stevenson said she still hoped to catch a free performance before the fair was over.

"I've heard the Potters (musical group) are just excellent."

"And people can't believe that Darryl's Racing Pigs are still racing!" she said and laughed.

"But anyway, it's fun!"

Jim Mullenix, who served lemonade with members of Calvary Evangelical Free Church, said he had fun, too.

"Being at the fair is just a really great opportunity to interact with people you know, and people you don't know," Mullenix noted. "And you make new friends, and we have fun selling lemonade, so it's just been a great time."

"Proceeds from the lemonade (sales) go to our AWANA children's program, he added.

Although a storm blew through the fairgrounds Saturday morning, the fair recovered quickly from the minor setback.

"We had a little glitch yesterday with the storm. It tore apart our canopy, but we got everything put back together. It's just been really good, and we enjoy being here, and visiting," Mullenix said with a smile.

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