Personally, I found it to be the lamest county fair that I have been to. After being to Scioto, Brown and Dark County Fairs, this one was very small. Batavia is also very small, but the rides and crash up derby were free with admission. Butler charges for just about everything separate. And like you said, the animals looked sad, but they may have just been bored in a pin at a new place when they most likely have more room to roam at home.
Here are the stats of my Youtube Channel, on the most watched to the least watched.
Beverly Hills Supper Club 556
Mystic Timbers opening line 225
HorrorHound Cincinnati 177
Cinema Wasteland 99
Smokey Mountains Knife Works 75
Kings Island Halloween Haunt 2016 51
Covington Spring fest/ run with goats 39
Johnny Cash Museum 29
Neon Lights on Broadway in Nashville 27
Aquarium Restaurant Nashville 27
Sycamore Park in Batavia 29
Cedar Point Main Midway Arcade 25
Camp Dennison Memorial Triangle 23
Kenner Toys: Building An Empire 20
Cedar Point Shores 19
Maverick Cedar Point coaster 19
Starlite Drive-In 19
Star Wars: Power Of The Costume 18
Cedar Point 17
Red, White and Blue Ash 17
Covington Maifest 16
Newport Italian Fest 16
Garden Of Hope 15
Covington Geotta Fest 15
Grant’s Boyhood Home and School 14
Magnum Cedar Point roller coaster 14
Newport Aquarium 13
Cifton Gorge 11
Valravn Cedar Point roller coaster 10
Trenton Yard Sales 6
A lot of people must really be interested in the Beverly Hills Super Club and no one gives a crap about Trenton Yard Sales. I thought Halloween Haunt would have done better than it did. It's kind of funny to me that more people are interested in the Cedar Point Arcade than the actual park or roller coasters.
Although I like the location of Cedar Shores being on the Beach, Soak City at Kings Island is like 3 or four times bigger, more modern and over all, a better water park. I guess if Cedar Shores was included with park admission it would be at crowd capacity almost every day of the summer, because it is so small.
Firehawk attendance seems to be down as well, from my observation. I think because the wait is so long to ride, even on days when the park is not busy and the line is short. I wouldn't think they would move that one, however, because it is the only thing like it at Kings Island. Even it has a history of being moved, relocated to Kings Island from Geauga Lake in 2007. Unlike Vertigo, which seems kind of pointless since Banshee opened, despite the fact that visitors can ride backwards for half the ride. Removing Adventure Express or Vortex leaves a lot of open space for another coaster down the road, however.
The latest rumor is that a major attraction will be leaving Kings Island this year.
Normally, my first guest would be Amazon Falls, because no one hardly rides that... but calling it a "major" attraction is being rather generous.
So my second guess would be Vortex, because more people hate getting beat up on that ride than there are people who enjoy it.
My third guess is Adventure Express, because most of the rides' dark elements haven't worked in a very long time and there is barely any upkeep on the elements that do still work (statues beating drums). Also, the company that made those coasters (Adventure and Vortex) has probably gone down hill, if it still exists at all, since the owner passed away, so replacement parts are going to become more difficult to come by (unless it's something that another company can duplicate, like a lift hill chain). But this is all just theory. I have no claim as to what is really going on with Arrow Dynamics or Kings Island.
The second rumor is that Ceder Fair is adding coasters to five of its parks in 2018. So my other theory is that they could take out Vertigo and move it to a smaller park, like Michigan Adventure or something, and replace its spot at Kings Island with a flat ride or with nothing at all. A used coaster is still a new coaster for a park that doesn't already have one like it. I can't imaging Kings Island getting another coaster after just debuting Mystic Timbers this year, but I guess stranger things have happened.
I only mentioned that the ride broke down because it was part of the 'waiting in line' experience. I'm not insinuating that the ride is a lemon or anything like that. My guess is that fixing it each time just consisted of someone pushing a re-set button.