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05/17 -- SBC Fair’s Hinds off to Oregon -- After five years at the helm of the SBC Fairgrounds, General Manager/CEO Geoff Hinds will leave for the greener and larger pastures of the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Oregon. Hinds told the Daily Press Thursday that he’ll take over as chief executive at the Oregon-based fairgrounds and expo center sometime in June . . . more -->

05/16 -- Bobbi Jo Heald Passes Away -- Bobbi Jo (Roberta Jean) Heald, 49, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Campbell County Health. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Cam-Plex Frontier Hall in Gillette. Bobbi Jo was born on May 26, 1969, in Gillette, Wyoming, to Chuck and Donna (Armstrong) Heald. She was raised on a ranch 42 miles north of Gillette and east of the Weston store . . . more -->

05/16 -- Washington County Fair Park appoints new Marketing Coordinator -- Kellie Boone, Executive Director of Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center, announced Iva Thelen of West Bend has been appointed the new Marketing Coordinator. “With Iva’s unique background, passion and positive energy, we are very excited to have her as our new Marketing Coordinator. She will be a great addition to the Washington County Fair Park team,” said Boone . . . more -->

05/16 -- New statue marks forgotten poorhouse graves at Ulster County Fairgrounds -- Several hundred people gathered at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz on Wednesday afternoon, where a new statue was unveiled near the swimming pool, marking that place as a forgotten graveyard connected with the former poorhouse located there. New Paltz Town Historian Susan Stessin-Cohn, who spearheaded the effort, delivered a lecture on the history of the site . . . more -->

05/15 -- Livestock show to get new leadership -- Garvin County's spring livestock show is about get whole new leadership after a longtime sponsor and superintendent formally stepped away earlier this week. Mike Lee told two county commissioners on Monday both he and the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce will step back as the driving forces for the annual show bringing FFA and 4-H students together from all over the county for the show typically held in late February and early March . . . more -->

05/15 -- Flooding causes extensive damage to Winfield Fairgrounds -- Repairs are underway in Cowley County after flooding causes extensive damage to several areas, perhaps most visibly at the fairgrounds near Winfield. Assessing damage at the fairgrounds kept new Winfield City Manager Taggart Wall busy on his first day on the job . . . more -->

05/14 -- Layout of ExpoPark livestock facilities focus of proposed study -- Cascade County wants to study changing the layout of livestock facilities at Montana ExpoPark, home of the Montana State Fair, in the wake of a broader study of the 133-acre fairgrounds. Commissioners plan to vote Tuesday on hiring Convention, Sports and Leisure International for $27,500 to study alternate locations for livestock activities and revised "livestock zone" layouts . . . more -->

05/14 -- Tulsa Expo Square To Improve Main Entrance -- Expo Square has announced plans to rebuild the main entrance to the county fairgrounds, including improvements to the iconic Golden Driller statue. Plans call for reconfiguring the plaza, adding lanes for quick drop-offs and pick-ups of passengers, and moving vehicle traffic further away from the building. “Our front door, our very front door at 21st (Street) and Pittsburgh (Avenue) where our driller stands, that hasn’t been taken care of or repainted since 1966, when it was first put together,” Expo Square CEO and President Mark Andrus told KRMG Monday . . . more -->

05/13 -- AmeriCorps cleans up Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds -- Members of the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) came to Escanaba to make a difference in the community. The nine member team has been busy clearing the Upper Peninsula State Fair campgrounds of trash, planting trees, and building walls for the new Webster Marble "Inventing the Outdoors" museum coming in July . . . more -->

05/13 -- Grandin to talk about animal handling at Colorado State Fair -- Scott Stoller, general manager of the Colorado State Fair, had the chance to watch the fair last year before taking the reins and having a hand in the planning of this year’s fair. Stoller and his family moved to Pueblo in July of 2018 and he was able to observe the fair, look and learn. One of the things he noticed was the programming on Fiesta Day gave visitors a cultural experience . . . more -->

05/13 -- Next week’s Maker Faire in San Mateo could be Bay Area’s last -- The annual Maker Faire has been drawing inventors, craft-makers and engineers for more than a decade, but next week’s event could be the Bay Area’s last. Financial difficulties have made the future of the event uncertain, according to Maker Media CEO Dale Dougherty. The company laid off at least eight employees in late March . . . more -->

05/13 -- City kids get a taste of farming life during Ekka discovery day -- MORE than 350 Brisbane primary school students, including 45 from Enoggera State School, learnt a little bit about life on the land at the Royal Queensland Show’s (Ekka) annual Rural Discovery Day at the Brisbane Showgrounds last week . . . more -->

05/13 -- AQHA Biosecurity: It’s All About the Horse -- Biosecurity is a top priority of show personnel when planning and hosting an AQHA championship show. To protect the health of all horses, some facilities that are hosting AQHA championship shows in 2019 are now requiring documentation to prove that the appropriate vaccines have been administered to horses entering their show grounds. As a result, AQHA has implemented a new check-in procedure that will ensure proper proof of vaccination and/or booster within the allowed time period before the show . . . more -->

05/13 -- The Exposition boosts biosecurity amid African swine fever concerns -- Additional biosecurity protocols will be implemented for The Exposition, the live swine show that is traditionally held during World Pork Expo. In a joint announcement, Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, and Clay Zwilling, National Swine Registry CEO, say the enhanced requirements for the event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds are designed to promote biosecurity and animal health as African swine fever continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia and Europe . . . more -->

05/10 -- Cherokee County Fair (IA) receives $5,000 FCS grant -- Cherokee County Fair Association received a $5,000 grant for the South 4-H building roof replacement. The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund. The current roof has damage that has caused leaking in the restrooms. The new roof will offer a clean, safe space for 4-H students to present their projects to spectators and allow the club booths to display the work of their members . . . more -->

05/09 -- Trams return to the Kansas State Fair -- Trams will once again circle the grounds during the 2019 Kansas State Fair thanks to a sponsorship from Westar Energy. The Fair removed its trolleys used inside the fairgrounds, which were pulled by tractors, last year due to safety concerns. The new trams, rented from Trams R Us, are self-contained with company-provided drivers, offering a safe way to navigate fairgoers around the grounds . . . more -->

05/09 -- Aksarben Stock Show expanding to allow more youths to enter -- Significant changes are ahead at Fonner Park for the 92nd Aksarben Stock Show, which will be held Sept. 26-29, according to Greg Harder, stock show director and chief business officer of the Nebraska State Fair. Harder told members of the Grand Island Rotary Club Tuesday about some of the new additions to the Aksarben Stock Show this year . . . more -->

05/07 -- Changes planned for Franklin County Fair -- Change is on the rise for the 2019 Franklin County Fair, and according to Melissa Hatfield things are heading in a positive direction. “We can’t wait to make this another fabulous fair,” she said. Hatfield is fair board president in a year brimming with edits to the fair’s traditional scheduling and programming, including changes to the swine and dog shows, new programming and timelier sale information. Headlining the mix is the extension of the fair by one day . . . more -->

05/07 -- Compeer Financial Awards $57K in Grants to Wisconsin County Fairs -- The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, has awarded 19 Fair Facility Upgrade Grants to county fairs across Wisconsin, totaling $57,000. Across the organization’s 144-county territory, 55 grants were awarded. The grants, which total $164,740, will touch the lives of more than 1.6 million fair organizers, participants and attendees . . . more -->

05/07 -- Catch Des Moines survey: Events, festival, concerts, Fair are key draws -- Catch Des Moines has contracted with consultants Jones Lang LaSalle to craft a Destination Master Plan by late this year. JLL’s tourism and destinations division surveyed businesses, developers, planners, city officials and other stakeholders following a round of focus groups. Nearly 400 responded. Among the findings . . . more -->

05/06 -- Pomona, Fairplex look to ink planning deal soon -- It’s likely to be three years before Pomona has a better idea of the long-term development plans for the nearly 500-acre Fairplex campus. After taking into account residents’ concerns, Fairplex agreed last November in lieu of requesting amendments to current zoning laws project-by-project, it would be amenable to a specific plan to cover the entire site. A specific plan guides development in a defined area to such detail that when developers propose projects, they can sail through the normal approval process as long as they adhere to the guidelines . . . more -->

05/03 -- IL State Fair Cutting Admission Prices -- The Illinois State Fair is working to bring back the crowds by offering top of the line entertainment but organizers are also looking at what families spend at the gate. In a bid to bring more people through the turnstiles, the Illinois State Fair is slashing the cost of weekday admission . . . more -->

05/02 -- Fairplex records highest income in a decade -- “Get Your Kicks At the LA County Fair” was the 2018 theme, and fairgoers did, with attendance rising 5% and food and beverage sales up 11%. That boosted fair revenues to their highest level in a decade, according to year-end financials released to this publication. Through the Fair and other events at the 500-acre campus throughout the year, Fairplex brought in $8.1 million, ending the year $611,000 in the black, said Miguel Santana, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Fair Association . . . more -->

05/01 -- State Fair generated $268M for Twin Cities in 2018 -- It's long been called The Great Minnesota Get-Together, but a new economic impact study suggests that calling the Minnesota State Fair the Great Cash Generator would also be accurate. The study, conducted by Markin Consulting of Maple Grove, says the year-around operations of the Minnesota State Fair generated $268 million in economic impact across the greater Twin Cities in 2018. Data also suggests the fair supports more than 12,000 full time . . . more -->

05/01 -- Wisconsin State Fair Park Announces Leadership Changes -- Wisconsin State Fair Park CEO Kathleen O’Leary is excited to announce the promotion of several employees as part of a re-organization that creates more clearly defined divisions within the organization, each overseen by a Chief Officer. The divisions include Finance, Marketing, Operations, Police & Public Safety and State Fair Programming. “I am humbled by the incredible talent of the Wisconsin State Fair Park staff . . . more -->

04/30 -- Genesee County Fair expanding -- The Genesee County Fair is growing at an exceptional rate, and this year fairgoers can see many new and exciting changes. Since developing a multi-year plan in 2013, the Genesee County Fair has been seeing double digit growth every year since, jumping from 13,000 people in 2013 to 30,000 last year . . . more -->

04/30 -- NYS Fair invites ‘The Simpsons’ writers to see Upstate NY is not a joke -- Upstate New York is not a joke, New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner says. Waffner announced Monday that he’s inviting the writing staff of “The Simpsons" to the 2019 NYS Fair after the animated Fox TV show mocked the region in Sunday night’s episode. Homer Simpson sings a parody of the Frank Sinatra song “Theme from New York, New York” while scenes show an Buffalo Bills stadium, Utica’s declining population, Rochester’s Kodak plant killed by smartphone cameras, Homer graduating from Mohawk Valley Community College . . . more -->