“Muddy” was the word at the 2015 Newton County Fair, but storms that preceded and continued through the fair’s first two days couldn’t damper the enthusiasm of the many who found their way to the Roy Jean Carter Memorial Fairgrounds in south Neosho.

“Muddy” was the word at the 2015 Newton County Fair, but storms that preceded and continued through the fair’s first two days couldn’t damper the enthusiasm of the many who found their way to the Roy Jean Carter Memorial Fairgrounds in south Neosho.

Hosted by the Newton County Agriculture and Mechanical (A&M) Society, the fair had lower attendance Wednesday and Thursday due to rain, President Bill Thogmartin said.

“But the shows kept going and everything happened, except we had to move some things,” Thogmartin said.

Fair attendees were greeted by mud and hot, humid weather Friday and Saturday, when attendance picked up, he said.

Jennifer Thogmartin, Neosho High School agriculture instructor and Future Farmers of America advisor, noted Friday that it was the muddiest fair she has ever seen.

An official with the 48th annual fair since its inception, Jim Russell concurred Monday. “This was the muddiest fair ever,” he said.

Asked what were the biggest hits at this year’s edition, Thogmartin mentioned that the pig show and the horse show conducted inside the new Jim Russell Show Arena were crowd pleasers. Friday night’s rabbit chase, he said, was the biggest miss. “The little fellers didn’t run in the mud very well.”

The fair board president expressed pleasure at overall attendance for the fair and was pleased with the participation level of youth exhibitors from around the county.

After a new exhibition building was unveiled in 2014 and this year brought the new show arena, Thogmartin said the A&M Society has plans for continued improvements at the fairgrounds.

“We’re going to work on probably a new dairy cow barn and a new boer goat barn,” he said. “That’s probably going to be next.”

Funding will determine when those project come to fruition, but Thogmartin said they are at the top of the “things to do” list.