It rained six of the eleven days at the Salem fair this year, and those dark storm clouds definitely scared away some fair-goers.
R. Carey Harveycutter, the Director says its one of the wettest fairs he remembers.
"The rain is definitely going to affect attendance," Harveycutter said.
The Salem Fair got a slow start, but ended Saturday with a sky full of sunshine.
Harveycutter says the last few days of good weather increased foot traffic.
The final numbers of attendance won't be in, however, until the coming weeks.
He says that the fair went on without a hitch, and the rain is something he has learned to deal with over his forty-year tenure working with the Salem Civic Center.
"You just make the best of it and go on," Harveycutter said.
The rain wasn't just a hassle for fairgoers though, it was hard on some of the furry main attractions.
Jeffrey Greene is the zoo keeper at the Salem Fair, in charge of looking over the animals.
He says that the rain doesn't bother the animals.
"It's usually not a problem, but they get a little carried away with the thunder and lightening." Greene said.
The weather wasn't a problem until the grounds started to flood. Greene says that he and he staff had to dig trenches around the animal tents and lay extra straw in their pens.
One night this past week, the animals even had to be transported to a trailer for shelter.
With the herds of loving children eager to feed the animals, luckily they have gotten plenty of extra portions and lots of T-L-C.
Tuesday is the first night for volunteers enrolled in this fall's Citizen's Academy. Some choose to continue that training through the Citizens on Patrol Academy.