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RAIN PUTS DAMPER ON OPENING DAY AT COUNTY FAIR

Rain Monday made for a soggy, slow start to the Chautauqua County Fair.

"The rainfall appears to have caused a marked drop in attendance in comparison to opening day last year," said fair manager Larry Wollert.

"It's disheartening," he said. "We make plans all year to have a nice fair and then we have those plans dampened."

the wet weather caused only one scheduling change -- the moving of the 8 p.m. grandstand show to the mini-stage area. As a result, the Fox Brothers, a gospel singing group, had to compete with the Chautauqua County Legislature. The county Legislature meeting was set for 7:30 p.m. at the mini-stage.

Fair officials said they hope for bluer skies today, as one of the traditional crowd pleasers -- the demolition derby -- is set to roar through the grandstand starting at 7 p.m. Winners will advance to the demolition derby finals at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Today also features steer showmanship and a beef breeding and steer show, followed by the sheep and lamb market show.

Events on the mini-stage include the United Heritage Fiddlers at 8 p.m.

The pay-one-price admission provides for grounds access, unlimited rides and admission to all shows and the grandstand. There is, however, a parking fee this year.

Wollert said he received many compliments on the antique farm equipment display and the log-cutting demonstration. The fair continues daily through Sunday.

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