Nearly 8,000 people went through the gates over the three days of the Weyburn Agricultural Society's 115th Annual Fair Days on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday saw 1,700, Friday had 2,500 and 3,600 went through on Saturday.

"The rain was not our friend for the first couple days but people still came on out and braved the rain," said Media Relations Director Brandie Fisher. "Given the fact the weather wasn't in our favour, the attendance numbers were comparable to last year's!"

The rain did hinder some of the midway fun, havnig to close early Thursday, temporarily during the evening on Friday, and at around 11:30 on Saturday night.

Fisher said they had all of their volunteer shifts covered, and the 31 food vendors saw steady traffic throughout the event.

"Thursday was opening day, with he Souris River Rodeo. It rained before and at the beginning of the performance."

She said during the opening event, the Weyburn Agricultural Society took the opportunity to honour E. Bourassa & Sons for 100 years in the community. In late June, the Weyburn Agricultural Society was the recipient of $10,000 as part of E. Bourassa & Sons' community fund grant initiative this year.  Read more HERE.

"The Trick Riders opened our show up in the rain. The Slack performance was nice and sunny but very muddy then it rained before the night performance making things very wet and muddy," Fisher shared. 

In all, 347 contestants took part in the rodeo.

This year's attractions also included an expansion to Tractor Town, an Ag Pavillion with contributions from the Saskatchewan Association of Agricultural Societies and Exhibitions (SAASE), and SaskMilk for an interactive display for the kids. Another great hit once again was the Kids Tractor Pull.

There were many items entered into the Household Arts displays, and a Tradeshow was held Saturday in the Exhibition Hall, with 31 vendors seeing steady traffic all day.

The Rumble in the Ring on Saturday saw no rain, which meant the stands were packed. That event included lawnmower races, quad pulls, and, of course, the Demolition Derby.

"I want to thank all our sponsors and volunteers," Fisher expressed. "We put the call out for both to help us put on this massive event which is actually our biggest fundraiser of the year. We are a non-profit organization and our board of dedicated volunteers help to operate and maintain all the buildings on the grounds including the grandstand, Forage and anvil, Exhibition hall, McFadden building, Rodeo area, lion's den, pole barn, and the Big barn, home of the Souris Valley Industries arena."

Fisher said the event helps the Weyburn Agricultural Society raise money to maintain these buildings for community use. 

"Our board is small but our village is large and we couldn't do it at all without our community," she noted. "We put in many hours this weekend, with little sleep but we do it again year after year because when you walk through the grounds and you see those kids and those families, everyone's laughing, smiling, and just having fun. That's what makes it worth it!"

She added they hope the fair makes happy memories for everyone.

"We will take a few days to relax and I'm sure we will start planning for the 116th annual in 2025 soon," she said. "Watch our social media on how to get on our volunteer call-out list."

Find more photos of the fair HERE.