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04/20 -- Mercer County Fair (WV) looking for community support to help keep tradition alive -- A pillar of Mercer County heritage is falling on hard times, and now organizers of the Mercer County Fair are hoping to spur excitement for this decades old tradition. Dusti Snider, the President of the Mercer County Fair Board, said the board is calling on the community for help. "We're putting our very best effort into this year's Mercer County Fair because this fair isn't about us, this isn't about Princeton, this isn't about Bluefield. It's about Mercer county. It's about the very best Mercer County has to offer," Snider explained . . . more -->

04/19 -- Nebraska State Fair custom license plate being launched -- The Nebraska State Fair, in collaboration with the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation, will launch a custom license plate featuring a nighttime panoramic view of the midway during the annual State Fair as soon as the minimum number of reservations is reached. There will be a $70 fee for each plate . . . more -->

04/19 -- Eastern States Exposition donates over $240K to Big E/West Springfield Trust -- The Eastern States Exposition has donated over $240,000 to The Big E/West Springfield Trust Fund, the largest contribution since the fund was established 24 years ago. The sum represents 1 percent of the ESE's gross revenues for 2017 . . . more -->

04/19 -- Florence board (WI) looks into expansion of fairgrounds -- Mud bog events at the Florence County Fairgrounds have gained popularity in recent years, leading an organizer to ask the Florence County Board on Tuesday for help in purchasing a parcel to increase the fairgrounds’ size. A mud bog, in which vehicles compete in driving through a mud pit, first was held at the fairgrounds during the 2016 fair and proved successful, Steve Kurtz told the board . . . more -->

04/19 -- Upgrades to begin soon at Missoula County Fairgrounds -- Upgrades to begin soon at Missoula County Fairgrounds A multimillion-dollar makeover for the Missoula County Fairgrounds is set to begin soon. The annual Western Montana Fair attracts thousands of people. “It's a good fair. It’s the lights, the sound, the atmosphere. I mean, just everything about it,” resident Branden Brown said. “I bring my family here once a year . . . more -->

04/19 -- Rideshare lanes at the Pima County Fair debut this year -- For the first time this year, new rideshare lanes will make their debut at the Pima County Fair. Last year, organizers say more than 320,000 people attended the fair and with another year of record-breaking numbers this new addition will help ease parking and traffic, as well as deter people from drinking and driving . . . more -->

04/18 -- Jefferson County Fair (WA) continues after co-manager’s death -- When Port Townsend native Bill McIntire died of heart failure at the age of 69 on Dec. 17, 2017, his widow, Sue, found herself the sole manager of the Jefferson County Fair and Fairgrounds. Since 2003, Bill and Sue had jointly managed the fair and fairgrounds, and they had served on the fair board since the 1990s. Sue, 66, has served as treasurer since 1994 – the only paid position on the fair board – while Bill served as entertainment director since 1999, before becoming vice president in 2001 and president in 2003 . . . more -->

04/18 -- Animal auction to return to Washington County Fair (NE) after 45-year hiatus -- After a nearly 45-year absence and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Washington County Fair, an annual auction of large animal exhibits has been reinstated for this year's fair. The Fair Board approved the formation of a committee to reinstate the auction . . . more -->

04/18 -- You Can Help Choose A New MN State Fair Food -- You can help decide a new flavor for a new State Fair malt or sundae in the Dairy Building this summer. The Midwest Dairy Association has three choices that you can vote for. The first is called “It’s Breakfast, Dontcha Know?” There are mini-pancakes, bacon bits and maple syrup on top of vanilla ice cream or in a malt . . . more -->

04/18 -- Food booths at Clark County fairgrounds (WA) lost to fire -- A fire at the Clark County Fairgrounds destroyed a building housing two food businesses April 11. Clark County Fire District 6 Public Information Officer David Schmitke said in a video from the scene that shortly before 4 a.m. the district received a call about a fire in one of the outbuildings at the fairgrounds. The building housed both the Malt Shop and Grill and the adjacent Chicken and Rib house . . . more -->

04/16 -- Inter-State Fair's livestock shows make changes to benefit youth -- Changes are coming for the livestock shows at the Inter-State Fair in Coffeyville. The schedule is being modified and other aspects of the shows will change as well, all to benefit the youth. The check-ins, weigh-ins and shows have been pushed up a day, and the main reason is for the kids who had to choose between being at the livestock sale in Coffeyville or going to other shows, including the Kansas 4-H Sweepstakes event, which was held last year the same day as the sale at the Inter-State Fair . . . more -->

04/16 -- Nebraska State Fair foundation to inaugurate ‘Trees for the Fair’ program -- Last fall, Nebraska State Fair officials planted 40 trees and 30 shrubs at the Family Fun Zone at Fonner Park. It was part of the “Re-Tree the Family Fun Zone” project. Those trees will now become part of a fundraising project for the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation, which helps to grow the fair. Lindsey Koepke, executive director of the foundation, updated the fair’s board members Friday about the foundation’s “Trees for the Fair . . . more -->

04/16 -- LA Fairplex lays out vision for next century -- In the next 100 years, officials at Fairplex say the mission of the early 500-acre campus will be to be known not only as a place where memories are created but the economy is is strengthened through arts and entertainment, education, and commerce. Miguel Santana, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, laid out this week an updated vision for Fairplex’s future and the strategies for how it will get there . . . more -->

04/13 -- Indian River County Firefighters' Fair gives back to community -- The Firefighters' Indian River County Fair has long since closed, but more than happy memories have been left behind. This year's fair continued with a strong focus on clean, affordable family fun, but more than that, it continued its focus on community outreach . . . more -->

04/12 -- Scott Stoller named Colorado State Fair's new general manager -- Scott Stoller, general manager of the Silver Dollar Fair in Chico, Calif., has been named the new general manager of the Colorado State Fair, effective July 1. Stoller will replace Sarah Cummings, who left as general manager in late 2017. Since that time, longtime former Fair general manager Chris Wiseman has been serving in an interim capacity . . . more -->

04/12 -- Dickinson County Fair receives grant to renovate grand stands -- Dickinson County Fair has recently received a $20,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture. The money from the grant will go to renovations to their grand stand. The fairgrounds will completely redo their bathrooms including adding a changing table and more urinals in the men’s room. The grant will also cover the cost of repairs to the roof and front structure . . . more -->

04/10 -- Adams County Fairgrounds (CO) undergoes name change -- Adams County Regional Park and Fairgrounds will now officially be known as the Riverdale Regional Park. County commissioners decided to change the park name at 9755 Henderson Road at a Tuesday, April 3 meeting. The name change comes from a county commissioner desire, “To recognize the history of the area and root the name of the park in its geographical location,” according to documents . . . more -->

04/10 -- Clinton County Fairgrounds poised for $250,000 in upgrades -- It’s confirmed the Clinton County Fairgrounds have been awarded $250,000 in Ohio’s capital budget, and multiple improvements are planned there. Replacing the roof on Expo Hall, as well as installing a new HVAC (Heating, Venting, Air Conditioning) system in the building, is a big-ticket item among the planned projects, Clinton County Fairboard President Scot Gerber told county commissioners Monday . . . more -->