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January 27, 2015
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For some – fair a business mainstay

GREENVILLE – “The traffic is excellent every year,” said Steven Blocher, owner of Blocher Enterprises in Greenville. “In a good year we get from a half to two-thirds of our annual business during the fair.”

Blocher and his family and employees started prepping their spot (“the same spot for 14 years”) three weeks before the fair’s opening. They pour fresh concrete early… “That’s the main part,” he added. After that they spend the week prior to the fair putting the finishing touches on their booth. He said they focus on decorative concrete, adding “they pour a different batch every year.” Fair visitors can be repeat customers or new ones having had time to think about what they wanted, then returning the following year to place their order.

“I wish I’d been here the past 20 years. I always thought I was too busy.” Blocher paused, then “I’m still too busy, but I can’t afford not to be here.”

Tear down after the fair usually takes three to four days. “We demolish the concrete, then we recycle it so it isn’t wasted.”

Blocher employees and family do their final prep work getting ready for the opening of the fair.

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