Vendors watching weather for Columbiana Co. fair


LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Vendors are in the business of selling food and drinks at local fairs, but when the weather isn’t cooperating, it can be bad news for their bottom line.

This week, it’s time for the Columbiana County fair, regardless of the weather.

“Oh, I wait for it, but the only bad thing is, summer’s halfway over when it gets here,” vendor Charles Mustake said of the fair.

But with wet weather expected this week — it could keep some folks away.

“It does affect attendance slightly, but as i said the barns, the exhibits, people are coming,” vendor John Wolf said. “We have a good, good, community that really supports us.”

“You get used to the weather,” vendor Karen Weaver said “You just take it moment by moment.”

The vendors at the fair Monday all said the same thing: They can’t control the weather, so they just roll with it.

“You’re at the mercy of the weather here in this business, so you just got to go with it,” vendor Judy Cope said.

When you’re making money selling food at outdoor events like this, vendors said they prepare for the day based on the temperatures.

“When it’s cooler, we sell food. When it’s hot, we sell drinks,” Cope said. “But definitely we want the cool weather.”

“The hot is just as bad as the rain, so you never know,” Weaver said.

But a week on the grounds  is essential for business.

“It’s my only fair I do, it’s real crucial,” Mustake said.

The fair runs through August 3.

“Rain or shine, we are going to be here,” Wolf said.

For a list of events at the Columbiana County Fair, click here.

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