Fair draws 8,500 over three days

Published 11:49 am Monday, August 13, 2012

About 2,000 attended the Hunter Hayes concert at the Franklin-Southampton County Fair on Friday night. GWEN ALBERS/TIDEWATER NEWS

COURTLAND—The Franklin-Southampton County Fair’s attendance was roughly 8,500 over three days, said Fair Treasurer Sandra Heeren.

Due to the rain, the numbers were down from a typical year, when the fair gets 12,000 to 15,000 visitors, Heeren said.

“On Friday, it was raining all around us, like in Chesapeake and Norfolk, but not here,” she said. “We were trying to (let people know via) Facebook.”

That rain in the region hurt attendance.

Friday’s Hunter Hayes contest drew about 2,000 people. The 20-year-old country music artist drew a younger crowd.

About 1,000 attended Saturday night’s show with Kip Moore, who sings the No. 1 hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.” The warm-up band Broke By Sunday played a few songs.

Saturday’s rain started with sprinkles in the morning. By afternoon, the rain showers started.

“That evening it poured buckets,” Heeren said.

Nothing was canceled due to the rain, except the amusement rides were stopped.

Popular attractions included the camel rides, monkey bounce, Staples’ Safari and monster trucks.