The Cabell County Fair is just around the corner, and civic and community leaders gathered Thursday night to officially kick-off the event. As the price of gas continues to fluctuate, organizers believe it could give the fair a boost in attendance.
"On their commute back and forth from town or work, they're spending more money on gasoline, and that's getting into their budget real bad, so we don't know from one year to the next what the economy is going to do to us," said Brent Johnson, President of the Cabell County Fair.
Johnson said the economy is also impacting the number of animals shown at the fair. For example, the number of market steers is down this year, because getting them ready for the fair is getting more and more expensive.
"This past year I went to the Ohio Beef Expo and brought a $300 big turbo fan. That's just a small thing. We have invested in show boxes and stall for them. It's crazy and the feed is just outrageous," said Caitlin Black of Cabell County. She has raised market steer for the fair for nine years.
"The feed prices kept going up. It's almost four times what it was seven to eight years ago," said Johnson.
Still, Johnson said the highlight of the fair is showing the animals, and despite the hefty investment Black said the work is worth it, especially when someone buys one of her animals.
The Cabell County Fair begins next Saturday, July 21 and ends July 28. For more on the activities at the fair head to http://www.cabellcountyfair.com/.