The Lewis County fair opened at 5 Thursday afternoon, when it started to fill with Lewis County residents enjoying all it has to offer. But for people like Justin Roy, who help organize the massive event, it's a bunch of work that started days before the event got underway.
"We usually have the carnival come in on Sunday and start setting up because they take the longest time and then everyone else comes in on Monday, the vendors and crafters and everything, and we stake them off and show them where to go and what to do and how to plug in, and then we start marking roads off," Roy said.
Even the staff who come to support Roy and the other organizers are dedicated to making the fair a fun time for everyone. Staff of Thomas Motorsports were on hand hours before any visitors will show up at the fair to make sure they had everything in line for a fantastic demolition derby Thursday evening.
"It's all about creating a good family event. We do emphasize safety, we're very cautious, we don't want anyone hurt, we want them to take home a warm and fuzzy feeling from going out there and crashing those cars, believe it or not," said Heather Haller, who announces races for Thomas Motorsports.
Roy says it's a lot of work, but worth it to see how much people enjoy the week-long event. And until it's all over, there will be plenty to keep him and his crew busy, whether it's working with the carnival rides, the vendors, the derby...
"...the tough truck course and the mud bog and the go-kart racing and the setting up the stage for the concerts, everyone has a hand in it, everyone works together, it's all teamwork, we all get it done some how or another," said Roy.