Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2004

The tradition continues

Unseasonably cool temperatures attract thousands to 97th Vinland Fair

August 19, 2004

The Vinland Fair was the place to be last week. At least, that's what a few thousand area residents thought.

The attendance at this year's 97th Vinland Fair was larger than any have seen for a long time.

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"Turnout was tremendous," Nora Cleland, a fair board member, said. "It certainly was among the largest (crowds)."

Cleland said a big reason for the large turnout was because of the unseasonably cool weather.

"The weather was unbelievable," she said.

Highs for last Thursday, Friday and Saturday reached only in the upper 70s and lower 80s, 15 to 20 degrees cooler than normal.

Cleland said it was obvious the crowds were a lot larger than normal because the food stand sold out of its featured items all three nights. She said it's not unusual for the fair to sell out of some of its more popular food items by the end of the evening, but the food was gone by 8 p.m. each night.

"On Friday night, we were down to a hot dog," she said.

The combination of weather and large attendance, she said, made for another successful Vinland Fair.

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