To Mother Nature, which wreaked havoc on the Cecil County Fair this year. A protracted heat wave marked by high humidity and some rain, quite heavy at times, bedeviled the nineday-long 2016 fair. Attendance was down 32 percent from the figure recorded during last year’s fair, which drew close to the same crowd as the 2014 event, according to Al Miller, president of the Cecil County Fair Board of Directors. The fair started on July 22, which, as it turned out, also was the first day of a heat wave in Cecil County and the region. Temperatures remained in the 90s throughout the event and even broke 100 on some days. Then the torrential rainstorms set in, further hurting the time that families had to enjoy the county’s crown jewel of entertainment. While financial totals were not available earlier this week, we cannot help but believe that the weather put a dent into potential fundraising for the annual event. Each year’s revenue helps drive future iterations, and luckily 2014 and 2015 were very good years that should make up for any decline incurred this year. While Mother Nature may have won this year, we’re sure the Fair Board will be gearing up to break attendance records next year.