State Fair Businesses Hope For Good Run

9 years 5 months 5 days ago Thursday, August 12 2010 Aug 12, 2010 Thursday, August 12, 2010 5:53:09 PM CDT August 12, 2010 in News

SEDALIA - Fairgoers weren't the only people at the state fair's kick-off Thursday. Vendors used the first day of the fair to gauge how many people will come to their booths throughout the ten-day event. On a steamy first day, vendors said they were pleasantly surprised at the number of people at the fair.

"The people are coming in--even though it's a little warm--they're still coming on to the grounds, and so today will be a big day. This is a Sedalia day and opening day. It'll be exciting," said vendor Roger Alewel.

Alewel is retired, but is running the Alewel Country Meat Market booth at the state fair for his son.

"Well, my dad and several others started selling country hams under the old wooden grandstand in 1955.  And when they tore the grandstand down, we got a chance to take this booth in the Ag. building," said Alewel.

Besides Alewel's booth, there are more then 400 vendors at the fair.
One of those vendors outside the agriculture building, Robert Barnes, said he's excited to be at the fair after traveling all the way from Texas.

"This is our first year here and we're real excited about it," said Barnes "We've done quite a few fairs, but this one seems to be one of the neatest and lots of events going on."

As the ten-day event continues, both men hope people come out in similar numbers to the first day.

The fair ends on August 22.

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