Cleanup begins after Big Fresno Fair's end

FRESNO, Calif.

The smell of cinnamon rolls and corn dogs is now just a memory.

The Fresno Fairgrounds are crowded once again but not with families and fair-goers. Cleanup crews are everywhere taking apart corn dog booths and show carnival rides.

It takes a lot of muscle to move the spas back to their retail stores but at the new, white water flume ride it takes a crane to do the heavy lifting.

Fair CEO John Alkire says one of the most successful days was opening day.

"Opening day we tried something new, a dollar for admission and a dollar for carnival rides. We've never done that before," Alkire said. "Usually opening day we average 20-22,000 - we had 60,000. If we're going to be successful, we have to be family fun and affordable for everyone."

Fairgoers also help feed the community with successful food drive and they also had plenty to feast on.

One of the most well known food vendors, Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls, is packing up equipment for the winter after ending its circuit of fairs and festivals in Fresno.

The owners say they had the best weekend of sales in their 25 year history of being at the fair.

"We travel all year and it's nice to end here because we live in Oakhurst and it's in our backyard. We consider this one of our hometown fairs and we're excited to end it on a great note," food vendor Dana Baldwin said.

Food vendors and retail booths are breaking down quickly before they break down the numbers on how much business they did this year. By the end of the day, all the sights and sounds of the Big Fresno Fair, will be gone.

Fair staff members are still crunching the numbers on total attendance but they say, the overall, mild weather helped get people to the gates.

There's a little time to rest before planning for next year's Big Fresno Fair starts in February.

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