With the weather being a big question mark on the fair’s final night, it was unclear just how many lawn tractors or fans would come through the gates. It proved to be another good night as many fans and lawn tractors made the trip.
With music in the background provided by The Chelsea Ryan Band and the Southern Steel band, the lawn tractors began pulling starting with the kids’ classes. Both boys and girls took the time to pilot the beautiful pulling machines down the track to the enjoyment of parents pit side and a modest crowd in the stands.
After the younger drivers completed their runs, the big kids had their time on the track followed by the adults who were trying to beat an incoming storm as lightning began to flash out of the north. As Mother Nature was putting on her light show, the Claiborne County Fair Association decided to fire off their fireworks before the scheduled time.
As the adults continued hooking to the sled, the lightning flashed and the fireworks exploded with both lighting up the September night; however, just a few minutes after the conclusion of the fireworks program the storm hit the fairgrounds chasing the riders off the midway but a few of the lawn tractor pullers remained until the rain fell so hard there was no other option but to just give up pulling.
Some used the mud to have some good old fashioned fun while others loaded up and went home. The 2013 Claiborne County Fair ended with a bang provided by nature but Claiborne County Fair Association president Ron Seals was upbeat about the week.
“Well, we started off slow but by the middle of the week we had picked up our attendance with Friday being our best crowd and tonight being good as well,” he said. “I’m just glad Mother Nature waited until tonight to do this, if we would have gotten this rain earlier in the week it might have ruined us. As it stands now, we had a great fair but fell a few dollars short of last year, still we will be able to pay our bills and get our work for the community done.”
The Jaycees and the Claiborne County Fair Association are responsible for the annual Christmas Basket program which helps feed many needy residents each Christmas holiday season.
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