- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)6
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)3
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
Fair wrap up
Pleasant temperatures and minimal rain helped make for a fun atmosphere at the SEMO District Fair last week. According to fair board president Pete Poe, the eight-day event drew 92,000 visitors. Poe said this was about a 5 percent increase from 2011.
As reported in Wednesday's Southeast Missourian, hotels also saw an uptick in occupancy. According to one hotel manager, it was the entertainment that boosted this year's reservations.
The financial benefit doesn't stop with hotels. Poe said at September's Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee that the fair was expected to have an economic benefit of about $1.3 million for local businesses and fair vendors. Religious and other charitable groups also stood to benefit, thanks to their volunteer efforts at the entrance gates. In addition to the economic boon to our area, the fair is also a good opportunity for family fun.
We appreciate all those who make the SEMO District Fair a success. Though this year's event has come to a close, the fair board continues to look for areas to improve.
We look forward to seeing you at next year's fair.