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Going to the fair: Official: Attendance up from 2013

People pack the midway Thursday evening at the Stutsman County Fair in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Children appear to be having fun on a ride on the midway at the Stutsman County Fair in Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Attendance at the Stutsman County Fair is up 15 percent from last year as of Friday, according to Mike Williams, president of the Stutsman County Fair Board of Directors.

“We couldn’t be any happier,” he said. “Having attendance up that much, and we’re not even all the way through Friday. That is excellent.”

Williams said he didn’t have a solid attendance figure, but based on gate receipts it looks like there are more people at the fair this year. Williams said earlier this week that having the fair being over the week of the Fourth of July, having the Murphy Bros. Exposition providing the carnival rides and the James River Rodeo also taking place at the same time, he thought with good weather the fair could see good attendance numbers.

Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser said there have been no problems at the fair so far this year.

“Things have been real good,” he said.

Kaiser said the first night of the fair Thursday was very busy.

“There were a lot of people, a great opening night,” he said.

As of Friday afternoon Kaiser said there hadn’t been any problems as far as traffic accidents or fires around Stutsman County.

“We had one fender bender yesterday (Thursday) out on the Interstate (94), but everything else has been pretty smooth,” Kaiser said.

The weather for the final day of the fair will be good, but there is a 50-50 chance of rain or thunderstorms Saturday night, according to Mike Mathews, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

“The whole eastern part of North Dakota, Jamestown included, could see some rain or a thunderstorm,” Mathews said.

Saturday will see a high of 91 in Jamestown with sunny skies. Mathews said Sunday the forecast is for sunny skies, a high of 83 and winds out of the northwest from 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

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