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ELDON — For some, county fairs are about the rides, the food, the time with friends and family. It’s easy to forget there’s another side, as vendors depend on fairgoers to boost their business.

Erin Eister was getting a taste of that side of the fair Thursday with her mom, Ashley. She was helping out with the Scentsy booth.

Erin recommended the blueberry cheesecake scented items. That’s her favorite. The Cardinal Elementary student said being under the grandstand wasn’t all bad, though she’d rather be able to steal a bit of time with the rides.

“I don’t have a favorite ride,” she said.

There’s a challenger for her attention this year: the Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean aerial show. Ashley said Erin enjoyed watching that show on Thursday, and more shows are scheduled through the fair’s end Sunday.

The call to post echoed through the grandstand as another race got ready to run. The barns were still mostly empty, though some families prepared their goats for the 1 p.m. show. The items in the vendor stalls may be different, but the scene would have been recognizable to visitors a century ago

There was one big benefit for both vendors and the crowd watching the harness racing that was unusual. Sunny skies in mid-June usually bring warm, even hot temperatures. But at midday Thursday it hadn’t quite reached 70 degrees and a steady breeze kept people cool.

“It’s probably going to be a pretty nice week,” Ashley said.

Kriss Fraze agreed. She wore a long-sleeved shirt and a jacket, and said she was perfectly comfortable doing so.

“I was laughing because as I walked outside it was to warm up a little,” she said. “You couldn’t have better weather.

Fraze has a bath fitting booth and said fairs are actually a pretty good place to get customers. She’s out of Des Moines, and was relieved to hear the river is heading back down in Wapello County. She saw the sandbags that are still in downtown Eldon, and was worried about the community.

While rain is possible Friday night and Saturday, the totals from any rain shouldn’t be more than what you’d expect at this time of year.

No, Fraze said, you really couldn’t ask for a better forecast for the fair.

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Matt Milner currently serves as the Courier's Managing Editor. Milner is a trained weather spotter and is usually outside if there are storms. He joined the Courier in 2002.