Sandwich Fair President Larry Dannewitz says things went well overall for the return of the fair this year after a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendance was down by just about 2,300 overall for a total of an estimated 158,890, according to numbers from the Sandwich Fair Office. Dannewitz isn't too worried about it.
This year's fair was the 133rd. It began on Wednesday and ran through Sunday. All days except for Saturday had higher estimated attendance than the 2019 fair. Dannewitz says the main challenge for running the fair this year was a shortage on workers and volunteers. Many businesses and organizations are facing labor shortages because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dannewitz also says there were fewer exhibitors this year. He thinks that was more of a fluke because of the skipped 2020 fair.
One improvement to the fairgrounds this year was the instillation of brighter and longer lasting LED lights. Dannewitz anticipates that the maintenance of fairgrounds buildings will be focus of the this year's off season.
Dannewitz says that he's happy to be back again and that he saw a lot of smiles during the five day run of the fair which he says is the main goal.