By just about every measure, the 81st 4-County Marias Fair held July 20-24 in Shelby was a resounding success. 

This year featured about twice as many vendors as last year’s event, and overall attendance was up as well, according to fair manager Anna Hintz.

“Everyone did very well,” said Hintz said. “We had almost double the number of vendors and over 500 vouchers were used in the Kid Free Zone. Each kid only had to sign the sheet once; it was very popular this year.”

One big difference, and a main contributor to the Kid Free Zone being highly popular this year, was the addition of the water bounce house. With the hot temperatures of summer arriving in time for fair, many took advantage of this free opportunity to cool off. 

“I had to hire six people to run the free zone this year as it offered more and had more people using it than before,” said Hintz. “Everyone who helped with the Kid Free Zone did a really good job.”

Thanks to Mr. Thad White’s shop class and FFA more folks were able to check out the vendors located in the Mercantile Building. For the first time ever a handicap ramp was available, allowing those who cannot maneuver the stairs easily, or at all, to be able to go in and check out everything being offered.

“It was accessible to everyone this year, which was wonderful,” said Hintz. “A big thank you to FFA and Mr. Thad White.”

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