Weather limits opening day crowd at Lake County Fair
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent August 1, 2014 8:56PM
Nickolas DeJesus, 7, of East Chicago tries his hand at winning a prize at the ring toss game with his mom, Vanessa Colon, and her friend Roberto Lopez. | Carrie Napoleon/Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 3, 2014 6:04AM
It would not be fair week in Lake County if storm clouds did not threaten to derail the fun.
The weather-fearless braved the risk to enjoy opening day at the 162nd county Fair in Crown Point, taking cover as the skies let out a quick downpour, then hitting the Midway again when the drops stopped falling.
“The weather doesn’t bother us,” said Tim Brighton, of Schererville, who attends the fair each year with his wife, Allison.
The overcast skies and rain have their pros and cons, they said.
“It cools things down. I’d rather come when it’s overcast than when it’s 90 degrees and humid,” Allison said.
Threatening weather also thins the crowd. Lines were hard to find for the games, rides and food vendors as those who braved the weather had easy access to all the attractions.
Nickolas DeJesus, of East Chicago, was celebrating his birthday at the fair, playing games and enjoying the rides. He turned 7 Friday and was having a try at the ring toss game.
“It was fun,” he said, even though he didn’t win a prize. His favorite part of the fair, though, is the carnival rides.
“I like the roller coaster,” he said.
His mom, Vanessa Colon, and her friend, Roberto Lopez, both of East Chicago, said they come to the fair every year.
“We were debating about coming because of the weather,” Colon said, adding she was happy they took the chance. “We love to eat.”
Lopez said it would not be the Lake County Fair without his favorite festival food.
“I have to get a corn dog every year,” he said.
Gary native Moses Sims of Davenport, Iowa, was spending time at the fair with his girlfriend’s son, Antonio Tubbs, 8, of Merrillville. Sims said he grew up in Gary, but this was is the first time he had visited the fair, something that Antonio and his mother do every year.
“I’m just enjoying the tradition,” Sims said.
“When he got here, he was extra hungry,” Antonio piped in.
Sims said he was eating his way through the fair, taking breaks to play games with Antonio and let him go on the rides.
“Now I’m just working it off for the next round,” he said.
He was trying to win a stuffed animal by setting a beer bottle upright with a ring attached by a string to a stick. Sims said he had spent at least $40 on the games so far, with little winnings to show for it.
“We are having a blast,” he said.