The Crawford County Fair set a new attendance record this year as nearly 87,000 people paid admission — up more than 3,000 from the record-breaking number in 2005.

Crawford County Fair Board Treasurer Frederic Wagner said Wednesday that this year’s number was 86,998, but cautioned the total may increase as some receipts from sale of passes has not been included in the final number yet.

Last year’s paid attendance was 83,722.

The actual attendance number is about two and one-half times the paid attendance figure as anyone under 12 or 4-H members are admitted free. So are senior citizens on designated days during fair week.

That means the total fair attendance may be more than 217,000 people.

“It was a great fair,” Wagner said. “Other than the first day when it rained, we had great weather. Nobody got hurt that I know of — and when that happens I consider it a great fair.”

As final reports are being done on this year’s fair, and workers are cleaning up the fairgrounds, the fair board has already started work on the 2007 fair.

Wagner said he is already working with an agent to book entertainers for next year’s fair. However, he said he is open to any suggestions from the public about which entertainers to bring to Crawford County.

Anyone with suggestions may send them to the fair board at the Crawford County Courthouse, Diamond Park, Meadville, Pa. 16335; or contact Wagner at 333-7332, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jane Smith can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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