Weber County Fair Drew Cage-Fighting Fans

Weber County Fair Drew Cage-Fighting Fans

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Cage fighting helped boost attendance at the Weber County Fair, even if some people thought it was too mild.

Attendance was up 16 percent to more than 60,500 people, ending a five-year period of declines, officials said. "The cage fighting did a little better than expected," said Craig Bielik, a member of the fair board. "The main comment I got from people was it wasn't rough enough. There was a lot of wrestling."

Opponents wearing gloves fight each other using various techniques, including jiu jitsu, kickboxing, boxing, wrestling, judo, kung fu and karate.

It's called cage fighting because it take place in an octagon-shaped ring with chain-link fence around it. About 2,400 people attended the fights, paying $10 to $50.

"From what I understand, it did make money and there were some other venues that didn't," said Jan Zogmaister, a Weber County commissioner who was concerned that it might offend families.

The goal was to attract young people to the Aug. 8-11 fair.


Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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