The Oklahoma State Fair ended Sunday in 90-degree heat a week after its soggy start. Organizers called this year’s event a success.
"We’re pleased,” said fair President Tim O’Toole. "The people who came out seemed to be enjoying themselves, so it's been a successful fair. It won’t be long now before we start planning for the 2010 event.”
Fair officials on Sunday had not yet compiled an estimated attendance figure, but said it was likely on par with years past.
"One way we try to gauge things is how people attend our ground attractions (like shows), and those went well,” he said. "There are different shows at different times of day, but they always seemed to be packed and people were enjoying them.”
Rain the first weekend led to some parking problems in unpaved lots, but the rest of the fair was relatively dry, O’Toole said.
The midway was bustling Sunday afternoon, though the unseasonably warm temperatures made shade a hot commodity. Fairgoers snacked on various fried foods on a stick, cooled off with fresh lemonade, played carnival games and enjoyed rides.
An arm wrestling competition, homemade ice cream contest and live surgery in the barn area were some of the last-day highlights. The livestock barns began to empty, with events only scheduled on the last day for llamas, cows and goats.
O’Toole said the filled parking lots, moderate lines at the concession stands and smiles on faces of all ages are all signs of another successful fair.
"It’s been a good year, all things considered,” O’Toole said.
Special coverage: State Fair 2009