IMPERIAL — Puddles of rain drenched the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta this week but that didn't stop the annual event from going strong.
As of this morning, fair Chief Executive Officer Bill Blair said fair attendance this year is expected to top last year's numbers in spite of essentially losing a day to foul weather when the fair closed early Tuesday due to rain.
"The way numbers are looking now, we're right even with last year's numbers as of today," Blair said.
Rainy weather on Tuesday caused poor attendance and a mutual agreement between the carnival area, vendors and Blair resulted in the fair closing at 8 p.m., two hours early.
Rides in the carnival area shut down during rainy weather because of safety issues, said Blair.
Blair said the rain affected everything from the livestock area to the parking lot, but thanks to local businesses, the damage from the rain was repaired by Thursday.