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Fair's over, now the work begins
Times photo: Brian Gray Oscar Nelson, Monroe, helps clean up Monday at the Green County Fairgrounds. Kids helped clean out the barns and Nelson and several others helped haul everything away. It takes a lot of help and several hours to clean up the grounds.
MONROE - The animals were escorted out, the rides were taken down, all of the games are gone.

The Green County Fair has ended for another year.

Monday, the day after the annual fair concludes, is always a busy time. Workers cleaned up the fairgrounds, kids cleaned the animal barns and vendors finished carrying away items they brought to sell.

Things went well at the fair this year, said Joyce Binder, Green County Fair director.

"The rodeo was packed," she said. "That's really getting popular. We had a lot of people here for Friday night's concert and Lonestar brought in a lot of people."

Maggie Mae entertained the crowd Friday and Lonestar was the featured entertainment Saturday. Binder said some people might not have known Mae before the fair, but she heard several compliments after her performance.

"One woman said she'd come back next week if we had Maggie Mae here," Binder said.

Threatening weather shortened the tractor pull on Thursday and may have had a slight impact on the number of people at the fair Friday, Binder said. Sloppy track conditions after a two days of rain caused Sunday's harness race to be canceled.

There were large crowds on hand to see the demolition derby Sunday, Binder said.

Attendance numbers for the fair weren't available Monday, according to Judy Hanson, Green County Fair treasurer. She said it's difficult to get an exact number of people who attended the fair.

Binder was happy that even although a couple of days at the fair were pretty warm, no kids had to take their animals home early.

"People come out on Sunday and they want to look at the animals," she said. "I think it's always better if the animals are here on Sunday."

While fair board members can look back on a successful fair, they also can look forward to planning the 2011 Green County Fair.

Binder said by October, the board will start to think about who it can hire for next year's entertainment. There's really not a lot of time off for the board, she said.