BAZETTA - The delay of the demolition derby on the closing night of the Trumbull County Fair didn't seem to dampen the spirits of most attendees Sunday.
Although many people said they hadn't heard about the two-hour delay until they made their way to the grandstand, they quickly found other attractions to amuse them.
"We were going to be here anyway, so we just changed things around a bit," said Brenda File of Vienna, who attended the fair with her husband, Greg. "We really don't mind waiting it out. There's a lot of other stuff to do."
Brett Barnett, 10, of Mineral Ridge, right, and his stepbrother, Gage Hostetler, 13, also of Mineral Ridge, wait for the demolition derby to get under way Sunday at the Trumbull County Fair. The derby was delayed a couple hours. Photo by Virginia Shank
Like walk the midway, sample the food, watch a demonstration or two and enjoy a respite at one of the picnic tables.
The demolition derby originally was scheduled for 5 p.m. But after torrential rains on Wednesday, that night's grandstand show, dirt late model racing, was postponed to Sunday afternoon. And that pushed back start time for the derby.
"We actually heard about the delay on the radio while we were driving in," File said. "We're just hanging out till then. It really doesn't bother us."
The couple has been attending the fair together since they got married 28 years ago. They, like many people, consider the annual fair a staple in their summer activity schedule.
Each year thousands of people pour over the fairgrounds. For many of them it has become a family tradition.
Glenna Jordan is among the regulars who has been attending the fair since she was a child. The Niles woman and her husband, Michael, now share the experience with their sons, twins Nicholas and Tyler, 13, and Cody, 7.
She said the family was "a little disappointed" about the demolition derby delay. They had waited at the grandstand at least 45 minutes until an announcement came over the loud speaker just after 5 p.m. that the derby wouldn't get under way for at least another two hours.
"We didn't know. It was so packed over there so we wanted to get a seat," Glenna Jordan said. "But we really didn't want to be sitting there for another two hours just waiting."
The family decided to walk around, get something to eat and take in the scenery. One area, a display featuring the 4th Armored Division Historical Group, caught her husband and sons' attention.
"They're fascinated by this. So it all worked out. It's OK," she said. "No matter what, there's always something to do at the fair."
Gage Hostetler, 13, of Mineral Ridge, said, "It's worth waiting for."
He and his stepbrother, Brett Barnett, 10, also of Mineral Ridge, stayed close to the chain link fence around the demonstration area of the packed grandstand so they wouldn't lose their spot.
"I like the derby," Brett said. "But I really like anything, any of the events, in the grandstand. It's really cool."
Sharon Craig of Mercer, Pa., who was at the fair with some of her family, said she had looked forward to the fireworks that served as the big finale to help close the fair.
"I think the demolition derby is actually better a little later in the day," she said. "Some people seemed a little irritated because they had been waiting for it. But watching the derby and then the fireworks it's a nice way to end the night. I really don't have a problem with that at all. We survived the rain. We can survive a little delay here and there. Just gives you a reason to go get something else to eat. It really is OK."