For the first time in a week the parking lots at the South Plains Fair are empty. Where there was once laughter among the rows of tasty treat stands for a week, there is now the silence of a ghost town. And though this tell tale sign of the end of Lubbock's summer has now come and gone for the 61st time, organizers say the 2008 South Plains Fair was a success.
"Oh, it was a great fair and of course we had wonderful weather. We couldn't have gotten better weather if we got a custom order for it. People came out to ride the rides, eat the food at the not-for-profits so it was a good fair," said fair organizer, Herb Higgs.
Higgs says a big attraction this year was the free shows, even more than the paid rides.
"We had more people than we can seat. We're going to have to build some bleachers because we just have so many people going around to see these free things," Herb said.
Because of that, Herb said paid attendance was good but down a bit over previous years.
"They were saving their money to spend on the things they really wanted to spend their money on," said Herb.
Herb says a final number on how much was made and how many people attended won't be in for a few more days. Planning for the 62nd annual fair is already in the works but until then we bid farewell to the fair for one more year.
"It was a good fair," Herb added.
Next year's fair goers can look forward to some new attractions but those will stay under wrap until then. The fair will start a bit later next year, starting on Friday September 25th, and going through October 3rd 2009.
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