By Lillian Bowe
Statistics don’t lie. The Roosevelt County Fair has grown more popular for the fifth straight year.
Numbers released Wed-nesday show the 2014 fair saw 28 percent more people pass through its gates than in 2010.
Officials said 4,756 people were on hand for the fair’s finale on Saturday, boosting the week’s total to 13,137, almost 1,000 more than a year ago.
David Craig, the fair’s treasurer, said Saturday’s crowd was the largest in a single day since at least 2010.
He attributed the interest to a number of activities, including the Delk Band, a ranch rodeo, the carnival and children’s events that morning.
“It was a really good night for us. Hopefully attendance will continue to grow,” Craig said.
And Craig pointed out the fair had two nights of rain this year, which may have prevented bigger crowds.
“We try as a board to do what we can to get people out here,” said Fair Board President Chek Rippee. “A lot of it is that we have good fans that come every year. We have also been trying to increase our carnival and have more rides.”
Future plans include more rodeo events and activities for children, he said.
“We try to do what we can,” Rippee said.