Duck races to waddle in this year's Weber County Fair

Feb 28 2012 - 7:28pm

OGDEN -- The Weber County Commission approved a number of items pertaining to the Weber County Fair during its weekly Tuesday morning meeting.

Among the items, the commissioners approved an evaluation of the August 2011 fair, which includes a detailed summary of the fair, attendance comparisons and recommendations for future county fairs.

"Overall," Weber County Special Events Manager Jan Wilson said, "it was a really good fair."

Organizers are still waiting for final figures on the cost of the fair, but Wilson said the estimated contribution from the county will only need to be $56,000, as opposed to the $119,000 budgeted.

This year's fair will be Aug. 8-11, and will celebrate the fair's 25th anniversary and 100 years of 4-H.

Recommendations for the 2012 fair include adding a soccer or lacrosse tournament, improving Internet presence and eliminating entries of ducks, geese or turkeys.

Commissioners approved additional contracts with Duck Enterprises to have duck races for $3,800; Broken Heart Rodeo Company, LLC, to produce the fair rodeo for $6,500; and Animal Specialties to provide animal exhibits, such as a petting zoo and pony rides, for $5,000.

Commissioners also approved a contract with local hypnotist Shawn Paulsen. Organizers decided to do away with the Fair Idol and Win It In A Minute events for lack of interest. Instead, fair attendees can participate in two fair shows a day, which have proven to be more popular.

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