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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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