The 2019 Shenandoah County Fair has come and gone, but the good news continues to roll in for the fair.

According to Tom Eshelman, general manager for the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, over 36,000 people attended this year’s fair, up from the 28,000 fairgoers in 2018.

“We had a great year with much thanks going to some great concerts and Mother Nature,” Eshelman said.

He noted that the Casting Crowns concert on Aug. 30, was a major reason for the attendance boost at this year’s fair. He said the concert was the largest attended fair concert to date with over 3,300 people attending. The previous record was set by Kellie Pickler in 2007 with 3,200 people attending.

“Our expectations were high from the moment we secured them,” Eshelman said. “Signing Casting Crowns last December was a huge departure from the more traditional country and rock shows that we have hosted in the past.”

Other concerts at the 2019 Shenandoah County Fair included country music legend Charley Pride and rock bands Kix and Autograph. Eshelman said that 1,600 people attended the Pride concert on Aug. 29, while 1,000 people attended the Kix/Autograph concert on Aug. 31.

Other major events held at this year’s fair included the annual tractor pulls, the harness races at Shenandoah Downs, and the inaugural year of flat track motorcycle races.

Eshelman expressed his gratitude to the residents of Shenandoah County for attending the fair this year.

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com