HANCOCK - Megan Ross has been coming to the Houghton County Fair for quite a long time.
"My mom used to bring me when I was little," she said.
Saturday, Megan and her husband, Brian watched as their children, 9-year-old Madelyn and 5-year-old Dominic, rode down a big slide.
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Angeline Weber holds her 15-month-old son, Justin, Saturday as they look at some of the small animals at the Houghton County Fair. at the fairgrounds in Hancock. Weber said Justin was fascinated by the animals.
Megan said she enjoys the rides at the fair; Brian said he likes the monster truck show. Madelyn's preference went to pastry.
"I like the elephant ears," she said.
Megan said the family planned to spend much of the day at the fair.
"We come for a few hours, go home and come back for the monster trucks," she said.
Loren Livieri, who was manning the Tubs O'Fun game for Duvall Concessions, said he thought Thursday's thunderstorm and lightning had a negative impact on people stopping by to play the game.
"It's a little down this year," he said.
Steve Palosaari, fair treasurer, agreed the rain Thursday had an impact at the gate compared with last year's opening night.
"We were down 28 percent," he said.
However, Palosaari said the gate was up 21 percent Friday compared with last year.
Carol Saari, fair board office manager, said there were 166 exhibits this year, which is a 7 percent increase from last year.
Palosaari said some of the new exhibits this year included the Michigan Technological University sustainable energy transportation, which was back for a second year and drawing big crowds, Wild World of Animals and Barnyard Express.
Palosaari said the fair board works with other Upper Peninsula county fairs to coordinate on exhibits and performers.
The exact attendance numbers won't be known for several days, Palosaari said, but early indications look good.
"Pre-ticket sales went well," he said.
Saari said work on the 2013 fair will begin soon.
"We have some new ideas for next year," she said.