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Daytime attendance at fair down due to heat

Sweltering summer temperatures rendered the 2012 incarnation of the Nevada County Fair as primarily a night event, organizers said.

While the final attendance numbers have yet to be processed, Nevada County Fair Spokeswoman Wendy Oaks noticed a dip in attendance during the day, likely due to the daytime highs that soared into triple digits.

"The days seemed slow, but we had large crowds at night," Oaks said.

Oaks said the below average crowds during the day do not reflect the quality of the fair that organizers worked so hard to present to the public.

"On a scale of one to 10, this year's fair is a 10," she said. "We all worked very hard and the weather is out of our control."

Oaks did managed to wrest a silver lining out of the heat-soaked event, as lines for ice cream and other cool beverages and foods were robust.

Also, many fair attendees made the trek from the Central Valley, where temperatures were registered as high as 111 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend.

"I had a family from Sacramento tell me they came to the fair to escape the heat," Oaks said.

Fair-goers on Sunday were equipped with spray bottles and hand-held fans and often retreated to the shade provided by the tall conifers that dot the fairgrounds.

"It's been a little tough," said Anne Vaaler, a Grass Valley resident. "But I brought a spray bottle and we've been getting as much shade as possible; my family has been coming to the fair since we moved here 11 years ago."

Many of the fair's headline events, which take place after dusk, were unaffected by the daytime temperatures, Oaks said.

The Tough Track Racing and Monster Truck show sold out Saturday night and only a few tickets remained for the Demolition Derby on Sunday, Oaks said.

"Overall, the fair is going well," she said.

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