Wiregrass Newsroom: Lower Attendance Going Into Festival's Last Day

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- Rides are seeing smaller lines, tractors are being washed,  and the fair is coming to an end.

But not before festival goers stand in line for one last chance for one last thrill.

Sunday marked the last day of the 65th festival, and the last day to get people in the gates. Festival leaders say that's been a little more difficult this year.

"Our attendance of course has been off just a small amount, a very very small percentage from last year.   But we had several aspects of it going into it that we knew we were going to have to contend with," says Pat Holland, the president of the National Peanut Festival Board of Trustees.

And those aspects that no one could control--halloween, election night, and rain.   But Holland says all in all, the numbers have been strong.

"We feel like that even though attendance may have been down a very very small percentage, in view of the overall climate and all the other things going on the week of the festival, we had a great, great attendance, and a great time."

But a good decrease at the fair this year -- the number of reported accidents.   According to the Dothan Fire Department, most medical emergencies were non festival related. In fact, the total number of reports went down from 75 last year to 50.

"One of the things that we stress out here is safety.   And that everyone has a good time, everyone leaves smiling.   By that, that's how we measure the success of our festival," says Holland.

It's a success for festival crews that have already started planning next year's fair.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney