Some of the crowd at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After eleven days of food, families and fun the 2014 Kentucky State Fair is officially over. From the exhibit halls to Cardinal Stadium, areas once swarming with fairgoers attracted a different crowd Monday - cleanup crews ready to tackle the work cut out for them.
On hands and knees, union workers with I.A.T.S.E. Local 17 Stagehands took on the challenge of clearing a very littered Cardinal Stadium turf.
"It's kind of like hard work," said Gary Ashby, a stagehand who's been helping with the Kentucky State Fair for the past seven years. "We took all the chairs down and now we're picking up the bands that we had the chairs tied to."
Those clean up efforts took center stage throughout the Kentucky Expo Center campus Monday. Vendors and exhibitors alike spent the day packing up and heading out.
With so many hands on deck, the fairgrounds are expected to be tidied up by the end of the week. When it comes to attendance, however, the state fair board may not clean up as well.
"We do expect attendance to be down a little bit, brought on primarily because of the weather," said Amanda Storment, Kentucky State Fair Board Vice President of Communications. "Of course, school started the day before the fair started. That always affects attendance."
Storment said attendance also took a hit during opening weekend due to the internet hoax threat of the Louisville Purge.
"That hurt the fair the first weekend," said Carl Belcher, a pizza vendor, as he packed up. "We had two good days: the first Saturday and the last Sunday."
According to Storment, weather even led fair officials to cancel a Saturday night concert. Despite the setbacks, Storment said the 2014 fair still exceeded expectations.
"All in all, it was a great fair," said Storment.
For Ashby, the fair proved to be an eleven day event he continued to look forward to setting up and tearing down next year.
Official Kentucky State Fair attendance numbers are expected in by Aug. 26. The clean up work will run throughout the week, wrapping up in time for the Labor Day Weekend Kentuckiana Flea Market that starts Aug. 29.
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