Attendance up at this year's Sunshine Fair in Cobleskill

Monday, August 5, 2013
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— There was plenty of sunshine at this year’s Sunshine Fair in Cobleskill.

“We only got two days of rain,” said fair board Vice President Sandi Emanuel. “The other five were great.”

All that good weather, she said, helped draw 15 percent more people to the annual week of Schoharie County festivities than last year. She refused to give exact tallies.

The fair wrapped up Saturday night following a full week of tractor pulls, rodeo events, and Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy tossing his clubs, among other events.

Talking to the full slate of venders as they packed up, she said those large crowds were willing to spend some money.

“We had the Skeeter Creek band playing in the entertainment tent Friday night,” she said, “and we sold more refreshments that night than we did during all of last year’s fair. Of course, last year we had four days of rain.”

And it wasn’t just the refreshments, Emanuel said. Venders told her they sold out of high end stuff as well as the low end. For example, one local soap vender sold out of some of his classier offerings as well.

She said this year marked the combination of good weather and a solid advertising effort, with TV spots and a few billboards.

Emanual said the fair team is already looking for next year’s acts.

“It’s a relief to have it done for this year,” she said. “But it’s a year-round thing.”

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