MARION — Some said the river was “three feet high and rising,” but to Marion Fair goers, that was a good thing.

It wasn’t all that long before the river was said to be four feet higher and actually was flowing across the fairgrounds. In fact, one of the vendors said when he arrived just shortly before the fair started, the grass hadn’t even been mowed where he wanted to park and set up. “They said the river was so high and there was so much water, they couldn’t mow.”

Before the fair got underway, they could and did.

With the exception of the Sunday night gospel sing, all events were on although for a period one day the midway rides were cancelled for a bit because of thunder and lightning, and the kids taking part in the mutton rides during the rodeo got drenched when they were bucked off.

But there was plenty of fun for everyone.

Those crossing the bridge between grandstand side and barn side found the water lapping the bottom, but that was a big improvement from the week before.

There was some concern about the muddy track in front of the grandstand just hours before the big event was Easton Corbin in concert. Grandstand tickets were $19.50 and “track tickets” went for $24.50. There were those a tad concerned that maybe they’d want to trade their higher-priced tickets for someone sitting on dry land.

And those with the highest priced, $34.50 “gold seats”? Well, one lady said she’d be afraid to ask. But she thought maybe the higher mud piles might be where those were.

People at the fairgrounds appeared to be having a good time, enjoyed watching the kids games and other activities, and checking out the animals in the various barns.

A whole variety of other activities kept fair week a good one to remember.

When it was all said and done, “...we just got the stuff done in between raindrops.”

At the end of the week ... “the fair ended with a bang and the weather was just perfect.”