Two days of bad weather were not enough to stop crowds from pouring into the Franklin County Fair last week.

Two days of bad weather were not enough to stop crowds from pouring into the Franklin County Fair last week.

Franklin County Fair Board officials tallied 46,700 visitors to the fair for the week, down slightly from the 47,100 who attended in 2008, according to board secretary Tim Shade. Shade said the numbers were still close even though rain cut into attendance on two of the more popular fair days.

"The weather on Wednesday was absolutely terrible, and bad weather on Saturday cut our attendance that day to a third of what it usually is," Shade said. "But we had really good attendance the rest of the week, and probably had a few record-setting days."

Shade said that aside from a few motorists finding themselves stuck in the parking lot mud on Saturday, this year's fair ran smoothly, with no major problems or issues.

A few additions to this year's fair will give the board cause for discussion during the off months, he added.

"I think that this year, what we call the grounds entertainment during the day drew a lot of people and created really good crowds," Shade said. "The musical acts we had in the grandstands, they were pretty expensive and didn't draw the numbers we expected. We'll probably do a lot of talking about maybe even eliminating the grandstand music entirely - that's just a thought, but it'll probably be discussed."

Grounds entertainment such as the Great Little Bear and Dog Show, the Elephant Encounter and NoJoe's Clown Circus captured the attention of many fair-goers, Shade said.

"They really maintained the crowds, at every show all week long, and we received lots of compliments on them," he said.

Before fair board members can rest however, this week is devoted to cleaning up the fairgrounds, Shade added. Following the cleanup, the fair board will have a building materials auction at the grounds at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. The public is invited to attend the auction, he said.