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Another year of agriculture, music, food and all the fun that the Dodge County Fair can bring drew average attendance numbers over the five-day festival despite the weather-related cancellation of Thursday night’s Oak Ridge Boys concert.

About 34,000 people came through the gates over the first four days of the fair, with the final day’s numbers still being calculated, Dodge County Fair Association secretary Sharon Kiel said Sunday. The biggest day of the festival was Saturday, anchored by a concert featuring 1970s rockers Grand Funk Railroad and Foghat.

“There was a really good turn out all day long,” Kiel said.

Saturdays, featuring a full day of entertainment including an afternoon tractor pull, are often the top-drawing day of the fair. There were 11,850 people who attended on Saturday, about 500 more than last year.

Friday also drew about 500 more people than last year, with 9,200 people attending on a day that featured a concert by country music singer Chris Jansen.

“It went excellent,” Kiel said. “We had a great crowd.”

There was no security issues, Kiel said, but a short rain shower at 7 p.m. lasted for about 15 minutes and made for a bit of a damp parking lot.

“We had to help out a few cars, but no one got stuck,” Kiel said.

Thursday’s count came to 6,340 people, despite a thunderstorm that wiped out the scheduled concert by the iconic country music group the Oak Ridge Boys.

“As soon as we knew, we quit charging at the gate,” Kiel said. “I wish I could control the weather.”

The rides had been open but due to the weather, no one was interested in riding them. Kiel said the weather did make the meat animal auction a popular event to attend.

“That was really great,” Kiel said.

Wednesday’s opening day drew 6,500 people.

The attendance at the Badger State Tractor Pullers was a highlight, Kiel said, with the grandstands filled with people.

“We will definitely consider them next year,” Kiel said. “It was a very big success.”

In addition, Kiel said there were a lot of compliments on the new commercial building that was added to the grounds this year.

“I want to thank everyone who endured the weather the first couple of day and everyone else who came out to the fair,” Kiel said. “We are looking forward to next year and to see what we can do.”

Follow Terri Pederson on Twitter @tlp53916 or contact her at 920-356-6760.

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reporter