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Williamson Co. fair goes on, despite missing funds


The Williamson County Fair in Illinois saw a successful year, organizers say.

That's despite difficulty paying the bills caused by the budget battle in the Illinois capitol.

Organizers say they were unable to pay for the normal carnival vendors that act as a skyline for the fair, as well as attractions between the main events.

In their stead were a handful of remaining vendors, as well as some bouncy houses.

Despite the difficulties, Vice President Gary Bearson says Friday night’s tractor pull also saw one of the largest turnouts ever, thanks to a change in style for the pull, and attractions that remained this year.

"despite everything that's going on with the state, we still want the fair to be enjoyable for people" Bearson said, "the fair is important to people in this county, and has been for almost 160 years."

The fair is now in it’s 159th year, making it the longest continuously-running county fair in Illinois.

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