Fair shake

? Despite challenges, the Marion County Fair offers affordable family entertainment.

Even under the best of circumstances, county fair planners are challenged annually to create an entertainment environment that will attract a general public that seems underwhelmed by anything less than a Worlds of Fun experience. In a perfect world, effort would be rewarded proportionally with public response. If that were the case, organizers of the Marion County Fair could expect sellout crowds. Our fair board has invested countless hours to plan an affordable entertainment lineup that should rival the enthusiasm 4-H members show for their exhibits and contests?all within easy driving distance.

But it?s not a perfect world. In fact, this year looks to be particularly challenging. The fair will be without a carnival once again after hosting a pretty good one in 2014. Combine that with a forecast for the return of near triple-digit temperatures by midweek, and the entertainment outlook is…well, less than entertaining for the comfort-challenged among us.

We tip our hat to the fair board for pursuing a new approach for Saturday. From water-soaking events to mechanical-bull riding to dodge ball (and more), young people in particular should have a great opportunity for a fun time with friends for an affordable price.

Even with the annual challenges, the Marion County is still a great event and a family tradition. We encourage folks across the county to take it in. If you feel you must stay home, spend at least part of that time praying for another break in the heat. It?s only fair. ?DR