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Smaller turnout, but still a success
MONROE - Attendance was down slightly at the 2008 Green County Fair, but organizers were happy with the turnout and the auctions brought in more money than last year.

Fair treasurer Susan Konopacki said about 1,500 fewer people attended this year's fair compared to 2007. Fair board secretary Joyce Binder estimated about 33,000 people attended the fair.

Konopacki said some of the decline was probably due to a struggling economy and higher gas prices.

There were still good crowds at the fair, she said.

The weather may have been warm, but the animals were still at the fair Saturday.

Rain caused the harness race to be canceled Sunday morning; that was the only event affected by the weather, Konopacki said.

Green County Ag Agent Mark Mayer said the fur and feather and animal auctions brought in about $19,000 more than last year's auctions.

The steer auction brought in about $158,000. The average price per pound for the steers was $1.81. The swine auction totaled about $71,600 with the average price per pound at $3.03. The sheep auction totaled about $12,400 with the average price per pound at $4.24.

The fur and feather auction brought in $16,725.

The Youth Dairy Auction, which helps provide scholarships to students, raised $5,225. Tommy Butts, Ashley Nimtz, Kristin Rupnow and Brianna Voegeli received scholarships totaling $2,000.

The last auction of the day, the cheese auction, brought in about $18,000, Rena Koning of the Foreign Type Cheesemakers Association, which holds the auction, said.