Another record-breaking fair

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Steven Friederich | The Vidette Savannah pets an American alligator held by Dave Coleburn of the Predators of the Heart exhibit at the county fair.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Seven-year-old Billy Townsend, left, and Kynon Meek, 7, play in a pool of corn kernels inside one of the barns at the county fair.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Donny Bies, 7, of Montesano makes GAK at the Dow Chemical booth during the county fair.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Conner, 9, and Trinity, 5, scarf down some hot dogs at the hot dog-eating contest. The Daniel siblings are from the Rochester area.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Jasmine, in the middle, checks out the competition around her. The Graham girl took first in the kids' hot dog eating contest.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Arionna Harmon, 7, of Olympia, cowers as a lizard kisses her on the cheek.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Andrew Burkhart, 11, of Elma, tried to hook a line at the Grays Harbor PUD demonstration booth at the county fair.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Dale, 11, tried not to panic as a snake comes around his head.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Lilli Townsend of Oakville holds her trophy in front of Sunflower the cow. Townsend won several blue ribbons at the county fair.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Brogan Lesh, 17, of Tumwater, tries to keep the hot dogs down as Reuben Lacefield, 13, of Brady, stuffs as many into his mouth in the final seconds of the teen hot dog=eating contest at the county fair. In the teen category, Lacefield took first, Gage Daniels, 13, of Satsop, took second and Lesh took third. The event was sponsored by Everybody’s Supermarkets in Elma.

This year’s fair has come and gone — but has left behind another record-breaking attendance year.

The 2014 fair’s total attendance is sitting at 66,935. According to Fair Director Mike Bruner, that breaks the fair attendance record of 65,641 that was set in 2013.

“At this point, though numbers still need to be confirmed, it is safe to say that a new attendance record has been set by what looks like 1,294 fairgoers,” Bruner said.