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09/18 -- The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition and DJ Nacho Productions Aid The Carolinas by Hosting a Hurricane Florence Relief Drive -- The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition and DJ Nacho Productions have teamed up to help those dealing with the effects of Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina. They will be collecting relief supplies to assist individuals and families impacted by the storm from Tuesday, September 18 through September 20, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Arnold Hall, located at the fairgrounds, 10901 SW 24 St. (Coral Way) . . . more -->

09/17 -- Brett Eldredge Talks Meaning of Hat Received at IA State Fair -- Something very special happened at this summer's Iowa State Fair and, thanks to Brett Eldredge, it's now coming to light. Brett performed a free afternoon show on the grandstand stage at the fair on August 14. It was a show that was for members of the Iowa Farm Bureau and their families, those lucky enough to get tickets anyway . . . more -->

09/17 -- Donations needed for animals displaced by Hurricane Florence -- Donations for animals displaced by Hurricane Florence are being accepted at the North Carolina State Fair Grounds located at 1025 Blue Ridge Boulevard in Raleigh. In a Facebook post, Peak Lab Rescue announced they were in need of volunteers and donations for the affected animals . . . more -->

09/17 -- East Texas State Fair announces new security measures -- The East Texas State Fair announced new security measures on Sunday regarding items allowed onto the grounds that will take effect this year. The fair also announced that metal detector wands and bag searches will be used to to aid in the enforcement of these new regulations, which aim at keeping hazardous items off of the grounds. Items were broken down into three categories: prohibited, restricted, and allowed . . . more -->

09/17 -- Major changes coming to Houston County Fair (TN) -- The Houston County Fair has evolved over its 12-year tenure, and this year there’s a major change in the fair infrastructure at the Purdue Fairgrounds on in Erin. Also, the fair has gained a mascot, Houston the Hereford, who is overseeing the changes while generating some online enthusiasm for the fair Sept. 19-22 . . . more -->

09/13 -- 'We’re moving fast:' Aggressive Nashville fairgrounds reconstruction timeline set after MLS stadium approval -- It's full speed ahead for the transformation of Nashville's fairgrounds following the Metro Council's approval last week of a $275 million Major League Soccer stadium project. Project leaders updated the Metro fair board Tuesday on the path forward following a series of four decisive votes last week for different components of a new 30,500-seat stadium at the fairgrounds and the reconstruction of existing buildings elsewhere on site . . . more -->

09/13 -- Record-breaking year of happiness at Eastern Idaho State Fair -- For the last 116 years, people from all over the region have traveled far and wide to enjoy the Eastern Idaho State Fair. This year, over 248,000 people (up from 2017’s record of 239,448) showed up to enjoy the nine-day event, making this the most attended event in the history of the fair. The theme this year, Happy Together, reminded people that the largest event in Eastern Idaho is meant to be experienced with a variety of friends and loved ones . . . more -->

09/13 -- Volunteers pack 25,000 meals at Kansas State Fair -- About 200 people entered the Kansas State Fair for free on Wednesday, but not without a little elbow grease. Participants received free admission for giving an hour of their time to pack 25,000 meals on Kansas Cares Day at the fair. Sponsored by Dillons and benefitting the Kansas Food Bank, this Pack Shack “Feed the Funnel” event employed volunteers during two packing sessions that afternoon . . . more -->

09/13 -- Dirty job: Where does all the 'poo' from the NM State Fair go? -- Thousands of animals are on display throughout the 11-day New Mexico State Fair. So, what happens to the waste these animals produce? Here’s an idea where it goes, and what it's being used for. Fair officials said, on the average, they have to get rid of more than 19,000 pounds of a manure a day . . . more -->

09/12 -- Pals with Pigs helping children, teens with disabilities show animals at Rogers County Fair -- This weekend's Rogers County Fair is helping get children and teens with disabilities in the show arena. For the first time ever 4-H and FFA members will be partnered with people under age 19 with disabilities to show swine in front of judges . . . more -->

09/12 -- Minnesota State Fair ‘Food Czar’ Dennis Larson Retiring Following Historic Year -- No tradition, not even the 159-year-old Great Minnesota Get-Together, is immune to change. New food and vendor offerings each year are proof of that, and now the fair’s longstanding administrator in charge of selecting those new vendors will be stepping down. The “Food Czar,” a title created and owned by Dennis Larson, is ending his 22-year rein after the 2018 Minnesota State Fair. In a more official capacity, Larson has long been known as the fair’s license administration manager, overseeing the approval of both food and beverage vendor licenses . . . more -->

09/12 -- Rowan County Fair (NC) still on, according to officials -- Johnny Love, manager of the Rowan County Fair, said Tuesday that the fair will continue as scheduled this weekend despite Hurricane Florence, with a formal opening at 4 p.m. Friday. The fair will run through Sept. 22. According to Love, officials will “play it by ear,” closing the fair as needed as the weather is evaluated each day . . . more -->

09/12 -- Charles County Fair (MD) going ahead as Hurricane Florence heads for coast -- As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, officials are encouraging Charles County residents to prepare for the heavy rains, strong winds and flooding that are expected as far north as the Pennsylvania line. For now, the Charles County Fair, scheduled to run from Thursday through Sunday, is set to continue as planned . . . more -->

09/10 -- $10 million gift to "Enhance the Fairgoer's experience for years to come" -- Executive Director of the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation Peter Cownie stopped by Good Morning Iowa to talk about the $10 million gift that will be used in part to renovate the 4-H Building and will support the Foundation's endowment, Our Fair's Future. The 4-H Building's $6 million renovation will begin following the 2019 Iowa State fair. The building will be renovated from top to bottom with new lighting and floors, updated facilities and restrooms, construction of a new kitchen facility and creating additional classroom space . . . more -->

09/10 -- Cleveland County Free Fair (OK) hosts first powerlifting competition -- The Cleveland County Free Fair added a new competition this year, and it’s not one associated with livestock. For the first time in the fair’s 102-year history, NASA Powerlifting, an all-natural, drug-free powerlifting organization based in Noble, hosted a powerlifting meet, bringing some of the strongest men and women in Oklahoma and the surrounding states to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. “We have lifters coming from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas,” Cleveland County Fair board president Richard Peters said . . . more -->

09/10 -- Juniata County Fair (PA) receives $1.3M improvement grant -- For 164 years, the Juniata County Fair has offered events and attractions for all ages. On Friday evening, State Sen. Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) presented the Juniata County Fair Committee with a $1.3 million grant to improve fairground infrastructure. Juniata County Fairground Committee President Don Clark was present to receive the grant from Corman. “We do need some upgrades for water management and handicapped accessibility,” Clark said. “I appreciate everything the non-stop workers have done . . . more -->

09/10 -- Wayne County Fair (OH) evacuates: Livestock heads to Richland County -- Not long after the rains began on Saturday and the forecast showed no sign of it letting up, the Wayne County Fair Board had to make a difficult call and released this statement. Based on current weather forecasts and in consultation with Wayne County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Wayne County Sheriff, Wooster Fire Department and the National Weather Service we believe there is a high likelihood that parts of the fairgrounds will flood over the next few days . . . more -->

09/07 -- Minnesota State Fair expects growth amid record attendance, will break ground on $14M upgrade -- The Minnesota State Fair will still be able to welcome bigger crowds after setting an attendance record this year, according to event organizers. Attendance this year topped 2 million for the first time in Fair history. The record came as the Fair in Falcon Heights prepares to break ground next month on a $14 million project that includes a new performing arts space and a traveling exhibit hall in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds, Minnesota Public Radio reported . . . more -->

09/04 -- Trash talk: Recycling at MN State Fair isn’t as easy as it sounds, but growing -- Bryan Schave of Burnsville and Keith Hughes of Minnetonka did their best to recycle while at the Minnesota State Fair. They ate corn. They tossed the spent cobs in a giant box marked for corn compost. That, and dropping beer cups and soda bottles into bins shaped like actual plastic bottles, was about the extent of their options . . . more -->