Field Days draws 19,000

Weather helps bring in largest crowd ever

Michelle Monroe

By Michelle Monroe

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SWANTON — It was another record-setting year for Franklin County Field Days. An estimated 19,000 people attended over four days for food, rides, music and events.

The weather for the five-day event, Gagne noted, was perfect.

The demolition derby on Thursday night drew 4,200, reported chair Fernand Gagne.

There were more than 5,000 people on Friday night and close to 7,000 on Saturday, he added.

This was the first year in which a carload of people could get in for just $10 on Wednesday. “It was a success,” Gagne reported. “We plan on doing it again.”

The midway was a hit this year. “The best rides we’ve ever had,” Gagne said. “We had a lot of compliments on the rides.”

The maple sugar house sold out of maple cream donuts and sold thousands of creemees, according to Gagne. Just one food vendor went through 4,000 pounds of potatoes.

There was also the wide-range of exhibits Field Days is known for with lots of growers showing off their vegetables, along with exhibits of flower arranging, arts and crafts and, of course, animals.