For most vendors and exhibitors, the final day of The Great Frederick Fair means only cleaning, packing and hauling away the exhibits, rides and booths that graced the grounds for the past week.
For Layton’s Concessions owners Patty and Tony Tessari, it’s the final day of business.
“This is the 35th year that we’ve stayed open the day after the fair,” Patty Tessari said Sunday afternoon from her booth. “We stay open because of the horse show and the people picking up the things they displayed. There are regulars that know we do this.”
The couple, who hail from Windber, Pennsylvania, opened their booth for breakfast and stayed open through lunch before finally beginning to pack up in the late afternoon. Layton’s is known for its hot sausages and homemade crab cakes, which earned Tessari the name “Crabby Patty.”
Tessari added that this year’s fair, which kicked off Sept. 9, is one of the hottest she experienced in Frederick and also one of the driest.
“I never can remember a Frederick fair not having any rain,” she said.
Tessari also said she thought attendance at her booth was a little down this year compared with past years, which she said may have been attributed to the heat.
“Maybe people don’t like to come eat when it’s hot,” she said.
Layton’s was one of the only booths still open on Sunday, as most of the others had already been taken down and hauled away. The rides were also down and most of the exhibits and contest entries were gone by late afternoon Sunday. The only real action going on besides people clearing out exhibits and taking home prizes and animals was the horse and pony show in the equine arena.