The 2010 Mason County Fair came to a rainy close on Saturday. According to Brian Billings, chairman of the fair board entertainment committee, Saturday’s stormy weather prevented this year’s headlining act, Marty Stuart, from performing.
“From all the time I’ve been involved with the fair — from 78’ to 2010 — this was the saddest ending to a fair by not having the entertainment perform...(Marty Stuart) is a wonderful performer and a class act. People from Virginia, Kentucky and Massachusetts even came to the fair to see him perform,” Billings said. “We have so much power on the stage with the lights and sound system, which we couldn’t operate with the heavy rain.”
Billings attributed safety precautions as the primary reason for Stuart’s canceled performance.
“We did everything we could. As chairman of the entertainment committee, I thank those who did come out,” he said. “We tried to wait as long as we could and (Stuart) said he would wait too, but the National Weather Service said the storm was going to last most of the night, so around 10:20 p.m. we had to cancel the show due to safety. Ninety-nine percent of people there were very understanding.”
Despite Saturday’s weather conditions, Billings described the 2010 Mason County Fair as a success.
“For our 4-H children and FFA children the fair was a success, and that’s what the fair is all about,” Billings said.
In addition, Saturday evening’s wet weather didn’t put a damper on all events as the Motorcycle MotoCross still took place. The Open Mason County Youth Horse fun Show, Dash-4-Cash, horseshoe pitching and cornhole playoffs (for additional information see related story) also took place.