The Mesa County Fair may be having one of its best years yet. In its 125th year, that's saying a lot!
"The fair has been wonderful this year," said fair coordinator Donna Page. "We probably had our largest attendance ever for the fair on Tuesday night for the fireworks."
Tuesday's fireworks were the first for the county since the fire ban canceled events for the Fourth of July.
"The other days since then have been large attendance as well and everybody's having a really good time out here," Page added.
While there are no hard attendance numbers yet, officials say that gate admission has been high every single day. They are thanking the variety of new attractions including the giant sand sculpture for keeping people coming. Plus, the weather has been cooperative.
"Not having any harsh weather has been really good for us," Page said.
It has been hot, but fair-goers are taking it in stride. Another thing that organizers are saying is making this year a big success is the large body of volunteers.
"We have some volunteers that take care of the celebrations stage, some that work at the gazebo, I'm in charge of all the kids. We have five kid volunteers. And they do everything, ice, make sure everybody has water, make sure everybody has food," said Allison Ripple.
"The volunteers this year are wonderful. We have many key volunteers that with out them we wouldn't have been able to handle all of the huge crowds that we have had," Page added.
The fair wraps up on Saturday night but will be open all day with plenty of events including a demolition derby, live music and plenty of interactive demonstrations.