After a rough start, attendance at the Canfield Fair is estimated to be up by nearly 8,000 people from last year.
Wednesday’s attendance was only 17,695, with 25,699 on last year’s first day. Thursday saw 36,243, compared to last year’s 38,813.
However, Friday and Saturday fared better with 44,216 in attendance on Friday from last year’s 40,562 and 75,827 for Saturday, up from last year’s 71,756.
Attendance for Labor Day was estimated at 50,739 people.
So far, 2013′s fair has seen a total of 301,168 attendees, up from last year with 293,067 attendees.
“Weather is a critical thing,” said Howard Moff, Canfield Fair Board member. “If you have good weather, not too hot and not too cold and no thunderstorms. A year ago, we had one day of rain, and when you lose that one day, you never recover.”
Vendor Kenneth Moritz said business has been steady, and it doesn’t hurt to have a great reputation with fair patrons.
“People know where to get our hoagies, we are the best on the midway,” said Moritz. “We have been here for 40 years and have repeat customers that come and look for us.”
Moritz said his stand was very busy Friday and Saturday.
The conclusion of the fair featured a concert by Sheryl Crow.