Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Tooele County Fair organizers say that popular saying applies to the county fair that made a return July 31 and Aug. 1-2 after a one year absence due to the county’s financial struggles.
Tooele County residents returned in full force to the three day festivity at Deseret Peak Complex this year, according to Ron Baum, chairman of the fair committee
“The fair was a success,” he said. “Attendance was good and after a year’s absence, I think the turnout shows that the community supports our local fair.”
Over 6,500 people turned out Saturday night for the demolition derby, according to Ray Dixon, derby organizer.
“That’s about the same amount of people that we had two years ago,” he said.
The demolition derby, dubbed “Punishment at the Peak,” drew visitors from outside the county, according to Dixon.
Dixon reported to the Tooele County Commissioners that 40 percent of the drivers in the derby were from outside Tooele County, including four drivers from outside Utah.
Around 30 percent of the spectators for the derby were from outside Tooele County, according to an informal poll conducted by Dixon.
The livestock show drew 150 entries from youths who raised and sold 271 animals in the auction.
Auction sales set a record at $200,000, according to Bob Gowans, one of the livestock show organizers.
“There were several times that I looked out and saw the stands in the arena, which are estimated to hold around 1,500 people, were full,” Gowans said.
Friday night’s country concert that featured the Grammy- winning band, Kentucky HeadHunters, drew over 350 people, according to Baum.
“With the success we had this year, we are already talking about next year’s fair,” he said.
The 2015 fair may see the return of a rodeo and a carnival with games and rides.
“We may bring those things back,” Baum said. “We had a lot of people ask about them, but this year we ran out of time and money to bring them in.”