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03/22 -- Washington County Fairgrounds (NE) still under water -- While the Elkhorn River flooding has slowly receded, the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington remain under water. “It is heartbreaking to see the fairgrounds in this condition,” Fair Board Vice President Kara Neuverth said in a released statement. “We all have such pride in it and it's a great asset for the community.” . . . more -->

03/22 -- Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess happy with change from 'Indian' name -- Siksika Nation member Astokomii Smith was crowned the 2019 Calgary Stampede First Nation Princess last September — and now, she's getting ready to be the first to carry the new name at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth this summer. During past Calgary Stampedes, the title was known as "Indian Princess." But in 2018, the Stampede announced the name would be changed and that the Indian Village would also be renamed Elbow River Camp . . . more -->

03/22 -- Bonneville County Fair (ID) gets huge donation to help with growth -- As Eastern Idaho grows, so do the clubs and organizations around the area. The Bonneville County Fair is replacing the fairgrounds to help meet the needs of the growing population. To help with the construction of buildings, the fair board received a $25,000 donation from Zions Bank on Thursday. "At Zions Bank, we're committed to creating value in the markets that we serve, we're thrilled about the expansion of this fairgrounds in Bonneville County and what it will do for the 4-H program," said Merri Johnson, the Eastern Idaho and Western Wyoming region president at Zions Banks . . . more -->

03/22 -- Fair Foundation features ‘meet and greet’ with new Yolo County Fair CEO -- The Yolo County Fair Heritage Foundation hosted a “Meet & Greet-Open House” in the newly remodeled Maraviov Hall this week to give the Fair’s new chief executive officer a chance to talk about what he’s been up to. Along the way, the roughly 45 people attending the gathering Wednesday night also found out from Heritage Foundation board member Darlene Thompson how the group is working to raise funds to continuously improve the fairgrounds . . . more -->

03/21 -- Barn again: Indiana State Fair Commission seeking to add value with new swine facility -- Return On Investment, or ROI, is something that not just farmers are placing higher on the priority list these days. The Indiana State Fair Commission wants a planned new swine barn and multi-use facility to earn its future keep. . . . more -->

03/21 -- Miller County (MO) agriculture groups combine grant money for fair project -- Three Miller County agriculture groups plan to make improvements to the Miller County Fairgrounds. Eldon FFA, T-Town 4-H of Tuscumbia and Spring Garden 4-H of Olean each received a $500 grant from the Department of Agriculture's Building Our American Communities program, marked for upgrades to current facilities, grounds or parks at the Miller County Fairgrounds . . . more -->

03/21 -- Beer will be served at Muscatine County Fair afterall -- Patrons of the Muscatine County Fair will be able to enjoy a cold one after all. The West Liberty City Council during its March 5 meeting did not approve renewal of a liquor license for the fairgrounds over concerns about security and safety. But the council approved the renewal Tuesday night after Police Chief Kary Kinmonth reported he had met with the fair board, and issues were resolved . . . more -->

03/21 -- Collier County Fair (FL) adds new security measures -- The Collier County Fair is back with new rides, food and rules. The fair upgraded its security measures throughout the grounds. Security starts before you even make it inside the fair. This year, no backpacks or large bags are allowed inside. However, you can bring in smaller bags or clear bags. “We’re making security a priority whether it be with the rides or the people on the grounds,” said fair manager Rhonda Ward. “We want to make sure everybody is safe. This is a family friendly event. We want the whole community to come and enjoy it . . . more -->

03/21 -- Missing NM State Fair mascots found at restaurant after wild adventure -- The New Mexico State Fair mascots, Phil and Phyllis, have been missing for quite a while. It turns out they have been on an adventure all over Albuquerque and ended up at popular restaurant, The Grill. “One of my longtime friends and customers came in and said, ‘Phil, would you like to buy these mascots?’” said Phil Chavez, the owner . . . more -->

03/21 -- Colorado State Fair changes admission prices for youth, adults -- If you’re headed to the Colorado State Fair this year you’ll be shelling out a few more bucks to get in. While the price for youth is dropping from $7 to $6, the admission price for adults is increasing from $10 to $12 . . . more -->

03/21 -- Missoula Co. moves forward with changes to fairgrounds -- After months of meetings with various community leaders, Missoula County commissioners heard a proposal Wednesday on changes to the Missoula County fairgrounds. The commissioners voted to adopt the plan consultants prepared . . . more -->

3/13 -- Minnesota State Fair crews to assess damage after cattle barn roof collapses​ -- Wednesday morning, Minnesota State Fair crew members will be assessing the damage after part of the cattle barn collapsed Tuesday night. Crew members said they believed the collapse was a result of a sliding snow load.. . . . more -->

3/12 -- Feds commit $166M to BMO expansion project -- The BMO Centre in Calgary's Stampede Park is set to double in size after the federal government committed $166.6 million toward the project Tuesday... . . . more -->

3/12 -- Jeannie Burton, longtime Kern County Fair organizer, dies​ -- A longtime employee of the Kern County Fair, often described as its heart, Jeannie Burton has died.Burton died Sunday afternoon following an illness. A spokesperson for the Kern County Fair said Burton died very peacefully at home with family and friends at her side.... . . . more -->

3/12 -- Roof of Lions Club building at Benton County Fairgrounds caves in -- The soul-crushing (and actual) weight of recent snowfalls has claimed another roof. The roof of the Lions Club building at Benton County Fairgrounds collapsed sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, according to Al Stemper, chair of the Benton County Fair board... . . . more -->

3/11 -- Holmes County teen organizes livestock show for individuals with disabilities -- Kiley Ramirez has big plans for the 2019 Holmes County Fair. Ramirez, a junior at West Holmes High School and a member of the Killbuck Handy Helpers 4-H club and the Holmes County Junior Fair board, is implementing a new program at this year’s fair, a livestock show for individuals with disabilities. . . . more -->

3/09 -- The Alaska State Fair’s alcohol license is safe — for now​ -- Alaska’s alcohol board has ruled that the Alaska State Fair can keep serving alcohol, but other businesses are now running into trouble with the board after members declined to extend their licenses amid tougher enforcement of an old state law. . . . more -->

3/09 -- 4 world records broken at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Poultry Auction-- Four world records were broken Saturday at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Poultry Auction. Donors Kristina and Paul Somerville purchased the Grand Champion Junior Market Pen of Broilers for a world record-breaking $220,000.. . . . more -->