Rain soaks Trumbull County Fair

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The rain totals over the past few weeks have taken a toll on the Trumbull County Fair.

After Tuesday night’s rain, puddles and mud were found throughout the fairgrounds.

Trumbull County Fair Board President Thomas Sawyer said the fairgrounds have just had too much water to handle in a short time.

“This has been going on for four weeks now. The other day we had an inch and a half. Last night we had an inch and a half,” said Sawyer. “It is tough for a grass surface to absorb all that. We did move the races. We canceled them (Wednesday) because we cannot get on the track. We moved them to Sunday.”

Many of concessions had minor flooding in and around the stands.

“Back behind our trailer is all grass and now it is all mud,” said vendor Susi Hubbell. “We have cardboard laying down a path to our door so we are not tracking in the mud. It is quite soggy back there.”

The fair started providing shuttle service Wednesday from the Trumbull Career and Technical Center since the parking lots are full of mud.

Severe weather forced the fair to close well before closing time on Wednesday.

“Yeah, the fire department rolled in, told our boss to clear the midway, there was a severe storm warning coming through and we had to shut it down,” said Steve Cushman, with Bates Brothers Amusement Co.

The rides were the first to shut down, then vendor-by-vendor, food and game stands closed up shop.  A few stands remained open to cater to customers trying to weather the storm.

“There is no money coming across the counter and we are stuck with all the stock. We have hired people to work here for minimum wage whether we make money or not so, we are losing money there,” said Katie Redmond, American Family Concessions.

Redmond added that a day like Wednesday can really ruin a weekend for the vendors.

“We have big days at every fair we go to, we know which ones to be prepared for and stock up for. Particular days can ruin an event for us and completely throw off our profit,” said Redmond.

With good weather prognosticated for the next few days, Redmond is cautiously optimistic that they can turn it around.

The races scheduled for Wednesday will take place Sunday at 1 p.m.  Parking shuttle buses will continue to run for the rest of the fair.

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