CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- While the funnel cake, cotton candy and rides at the Chesterfield County Fair are now just a distant memory, one group is using fair ticket sale proceeds in a way that will offer a lasting legacy to the county.
The end of the fair also heralds the start of a new school year.
"It's like a family tradition, so we're usually here anyways,” Camryn Lanier, a senior at LC Bird High School, said.
Some students took advantage of the fun at the Fair instead of someplace else.
"I can do different things here with everybody, so it's more fun,” said Kenney Meaddox, a junior at LC Bird.
Fair organizers told WTVR CBS 6 the crowds this year were larger than compared to 2014.
But there is one thing most folks may not realize abut the fair.
Chesterfield Ruritan Club President Bobby Burton said the group's dozens of volunteers help make this annual event a success.
“It's a long nine days in the heat and in the pouring down rain some days, but you know, it's something we really enjoy doing,” Burton said.
And the Ruritan Club has been a big part of the fair by giving back by using part of the proceeds to pay for college scholarships for 25 year.
“Our club has been very fortunate for quite a few years," Burton said. "We've been able with this money to give four one-thousand dollar scholarships to deserving high school seniors to further their education.”
In fact, Burton said the club has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to students at county high schools over the years.
“With the cost today, that thousand dollars is probably just a drop in the bucket, but every little bit helps when you're thinking about a child going off to college,” Burton said.