Despite one day of rain, Douglas County Fair expected to hit attendance record

The weather cooperated the rest of the days of the fair.

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Mason and Morgan Walsh smile as they go past their mother while on the merry-go-round at the Douglas County Fair in Alexandria on Thursday, August 19. Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

Another fair has come and gone and organizers say the 2021 Douglas County Fair lived up to its motto – “Making memories to last a lifetime.”

“While we shook off the dust after our year off and experienced some bumps along the way, we kicked off the fair Tuesday evening and wrapped it up on Saturday night,” said Don Kleine, Douglas County Fair Board president.

Kleine said fair goers were greeted by a much-needed rainfall on Friday evening, which ended up cancelling a couple of events including the demo derby at the Viking Speedway and the headliner band, IV Play, that was supposed to play on the Alomere Health stage.

The weather on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17-19, however, was hot and humid with temperatures in the low 90s. Even though rain hit on Friday, the high temperature for the day was 85 degrees. Friday’s rain did bring near perfect fair weather on Saturday with temperatures in the 70s and plenty of sunshine.

“In spite of the dampened Friday night, the fair was definitely the place to be on Saturday,” said Kleine. “With the cooler temperature, Saturday’s attendance was outstanding.”


For the four and a half days the fair was up and running, attendance, although preliminary at this point, said Kleine, looks to be more than 51,000 people.

“That should top the attendance records of at least the past 10 years,” he said. “It was indeed twice the fun in 2021.”

Kleine said he would like to thank everyone who participated and sponsored the fair, making sure to mention all of those who attended, the fair goers.

“Together, we hope you continue to support this fantastic event that makes our community a great place to live and work,” he said.

Watch the Friday Echo Press for the annual Douglas County Fair Souvenir special publication, which will include the Douglas County 4-H results, more information about the fair, as well as numerous photos.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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