The White Pine County Fair and Horse Races were held last Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds in Ely. Thousands of locals and visitors attended the many events that took place, enjoying a day of sunshine, blue skies, a variety of cuisines and old fashioned neighborliness.
According to Jim Bath, chairman of the horse races, it was one of the busier weekends he’s seen since he first became involved with the event.
“So many people told me they had a wonderful time,” he said. “Everything worked for the good.”
Bath said that while it will take weeks to tally the financial results of the two-day event, any and all profits will be invested back into the track and surrounding facilities.
“We’ve done a lot of improvements over the years and we’ll continue to do improvements,” he said.
Bath said that it took over 100 volunteers to staff the races on Saturday and Sunday, and that this year he had some of the best volunteers ever. He said that the track employs a cadre of year round volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure the attending public is entertained and content.
Bath was also encouraged by the many local sponsors of the races, some that have just recently come on board and others that have been around forever. He said that while not every sponsor benefits economically, the races make the community a better place and therefore, like his own business, it brings benefit in other ways.
Bath estimated the two-day crowd to be in the neighborhood of between 2,000-3,500.
“A lot of people come from outside the community; they come just to see these races,” he said. Even though they don’t live in Ely, they keep coming back.”