A new record for attendance was set at the Grays Harbor County Fair.
This year, 72,011 people explored the rides, food, farm animals and more at the fairgrounds. The previous record was 67,866 in 2017.
Attendance Sunday, the last day at the fair in Elma, was down more than 2,500 from last year. However, it was enough to set the new record, fair organizers said.
“We would like to thank all of our fantastic volunteers, our awesome sponsors, our exhibitors and all of the fairgoers that helped make this a very special fair,” Mike Bruner, Grays Harbor County Fair manager, wrote.
This year, the fair was dedicated to Shannon Johnson, who is retiring after years working and helping at the fair.
Johnson “is one of the hardest working and passionate people he has ever worked with. She has shown that she is also an incredibly loyal person, through her devotion and care for her long-time partner in crime, Art Erickson,” Bruner wrote. “She is a unique spirit and a true character. She has made the workplace a fun and interesting place to be. We will miss her a great deal, but are happy that she will still be coming around from time to time, as an event participant, and helper. We can’t thank Shannon enough for all that she has been to the Fairgrounds and our community.