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150,000 at Big Butler Fair may be record

July 7, 2014 News Extra

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FRANKLIN TWP — Attendance at the 159th Big Butler Fair is expected to have topped 150,000 people.

“It will be the biggest fair ever,” said Ben Roenigk, vice president of the Butler Fair and Agricultural Association.

The fair, which ran June 27 through Saturday, usually averages about 100,000 attendees for its week-plus run.

“We’re real proud of it,” Roenigk said.

As usual the fair featured a variety of events at the grandstand, such as tractor pulls, horse pulls and a school bus demolition derby. It also had about 1,000 vendors and 100 carnival rides.

The traditional Fourth of July fireworks were displayed on Friday.

Roenigk said that the excellent weather all week helped attendance. Some of the concerts, such as the Clarks on June 27, Butler native Bret Michaels on Wednesday and the Freedom Fest on Saturday, also helped.

“They just draw all ages,” Roenigk said.

He said that Friday may have been the best day for attendance in the fair’s history, with about 15,000 people showing up.

“People just came to see everything,” Roenigk said.

He said organizers had some concerns about parking that day, but he said everything turned out OK.

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