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07/12 -- How the Calgary Stampede served pancakes for 20,000 and generated only 1 bag of trash -- More than 20,000 people chowed down on pancakes last weekend during a family breakfast on the Calgary Stampede grounds. That's an awful lot of disposable forks, knives and plates — not to mention cups for water and coffee. But a single garbage bag weighing about 13 kilograms was all that went to the landfill, said Xaviere Schneider, the Stampede's environmental co-ordinator . . . more -->

07/11 -- Monona County Fair (IA) increases pigs exhibition from Swine Project -- Some kids come to the Monona County fair to observe the animals but these kids are coming to take care of the animals. Pigs are always featured in the Monona County fair but 9 years ago, that tradition was beginning to fade after only one pig was brought to the fair. Rick Watson, the Monona County superintendent, explained how the decline began . . . more -->

07/11 -- Drones out, fireworks back in for first weekend of California State Fair – but they’ll be back -- This year’s California State Fair was to feature a futuristic drone lights show rather than the traditional fireworks. But the exciting departure has been postponed, a state fair spokeswoman said. Great Lakes Drone Co., which has previously put on drone shows at state fairs in New York and Michigan, encountered software issues that have hampered the drones’ flight for the fair’s opening weekend, she said . . . more -->

07/10 -- Horse barn to be revealed at the Aitkin County Fair -- This year, the Aitkin County Fair will have a noticeable addition: a large red barn in the northeast corner of the fair grounds. This barn is the result of three years of fundraising and planning, which kicked off with a $50,000 pledge from American Peat Technology, followed by tens of thousands of dollars from other local donors and various volunteer fundraisers . . . more -->

07/09 -- New director, marketing specialist excited about Jefferson County Fair (WI) -- One familiar face with a new title and one new face with an updated title will be in evidence during the Jefferson County Fair this week. New Jefferson County Fair Park director Amy Listle took her position in May, but this marks her eighth year with the fair. She previously served as marketing and administrative assistant for the Fair Park and had a large hand in running last year’s fair . . . more -->

07/08 -- Horse stalling barn new for Pratt County Fair this year -- Nearing completion is a new horse barn, made possible by the family of Kimberly Dauner, to be ready in time for the July 24-27, 2019 Pratt County Fair. More than 25 Pratt County 4-H horse project members and their families are looking forward to dedicating a new horse stalling facility at the Pratt County Fairgrounds this year. “We are working on a special dedication ceremony during our fair show this year, to honor Kimberly Dauner, whose family made this all possible,” said 4-H and Open Class Horse Superintendent Shannon Bergner . . . more -->

07/05 -- Lisa Hinton Retires from Florida Federation of Fairs, Brought Florida Fairs & Farmers Together -- After 13 years as Executive Director for one of the most influential state associations in the fair industry, Lisa Hinton is retiring. Florida holds a unique position in the fair industry. Due to its warm weather climate, making it an optimum showcase for fair policies, programming and carnival rides during winter months, the Sunshine State often leads the way for industry innovations. Integral to this leadership position has been the Florida Federation of Fairs, which held its first meeting in 1951 with about 30 attendees . . . more -->

07/05 -- Burt County Fair (NE) suffers another setback with early morning fire -- An early morning fire destroyed at least half of the grandstands on the Burt County Fair Grounds. Crews from the Oakland and Lyons Fire & Rescue Departments were dispatched to the scene at around 4:00 a.m. A state Fire Marshall was on scene but no immediate determination has been made as to the cause of the fire . . . more -->

07/05 -- ‘Mini-Ekka’ cheers patients up at Queensland hospital -- The annual show that brings the country to the city has rolled around again. Ekka 2019 was launched in Brisbane today, and although Queenslanders are used to seeing the state’s biggest and best agriculture – it was a giant creature of a different kind stealing the show today . . . more -->

07/05 -- Calgary Stampede turns into Hawkins Fun Fair for return of ‘Stranger Things’ -- The Calgary Stampede will be celebrating the July 4 return of Stranger Things by bringing the Hawkins Fun Fair to the Stampede’s midway. According to the Calgary Stampede, guests to the midway will be transported to Hawkins, Ind. — the location of the popular Netflix show . . . more -->

07/03 -- Salem Fair partner donates $10,000 to city schools -- Ahead of the Salem Fair, the company that helps make the event happen is giving back to our community. Deggeller Attractions, the midway partner of the fair since its creation 32 years ago, donated $10,000 to create a makerspace at Andrew Lewis Middle School . . . more -->

07/01 -- Robots invade Solano County Fair -- While families meandered around enjoying the sights and sounds of the Solano County Fair, a group of girls were making robots dance on Saturday. With just a few clicks on the laptop, mini robots, best described as over sized lint rollers attached to two giant wheels, move about a table, “dancing” front and back, side to side. Representing the Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camp, the middle and high school students showed off their coding skills while Lilibeth Pinpin looked on like a proud mother . . . more -->

07/01 -- New Postal Service Stamps to Showcase State and County Fairs -- The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the fun of America’s state and county fairs with four stamps. The whimsical artwork of the stamps is meant to evoke a nostalgic feeling for America’s fairs past and present. The stamps show a traditional fair theme where communities gather to socialize and have fun . . . more -->

07/01 -- Renovations complete for Panhandle South Plains Fair’s Livestock and Equestrian Complex -- The recently-renovated Livestock and Equestrian Complex at the Panhandle South Plains Fairgrounds were unveiled Thursday, giving Lubbockites something new to look forward to this fall. “We are celebrating the upgrades to our facilities,” said Jennifer Wallace, general manager of the Panhandle South Plains Fair. “They were built in the 1940s, so it’s long overdue. We kept the structure on all the facilities but everything else is brand new, inside and outside . . . more -->

07/01 -- Marin County Fair’s longtime impresario set to retire -- There was no agricultural component to the Marin County Fair until Charlie Barboni. Barboni, who will retire after this year’s fair, began helping to produce the fair as a county employee in 1972 and went on to manage the event for several decades. During that time it won six coveted Merrill Awards for programs of distinction from the Western Fairs Association and numerous other awards. In 2017, the association appointed Barboni to its Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the fair industry . . . more -->

06/25 -- Stephens County Fairgrounds (OK) to get new air conditioners -- The Stephens County Commissioners awarded a bid to settle an item from last week’s meeting regarding air conditioner units being installed at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center during their regular meeting Monday, June 24, in the courthouse. This decision follows some confusion and complications from last week when one of the bidders left a pre-bid meeting early. The bidder was not aware of one of the requirements set by the commissioners at that meeting, and their bid was missing a detail the commissioners were looking for . . . more -->

06/25 -- Compeer Financial donates to Bureau County Fair (IL) -- Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, has awarded a grant to the Bureau County Fair, Princeton, to rebuild sliding doors on beef and dairy cattle barns. In all, Compeer Financial has awarded 55 Fair Facility Upgrade Grants to county fairs across its 144-county territory. The grants, which total $164,740, will touch the lives of more than 1.6 million fair organizers, participants and attendees . . . more -->

06/25 -- Boone County Fair (MO) returning to Boone County Fairgrounds -- A new lease agreement Tuesday brought the Boone County Fair back to the Boone County Fairgrounds. The event was moved to Sturgeon in 2016 after voters rejected a tax to support fairgrounds operations. Veterans United Home Loans and UPS renewed three-year leases with the county for use of the fairgrounds property. UPS stored trailers in parking lots. Veterans United used the property for training and social gatherings. The new lease agreement renewal allowed Boone County Fair organizers to use the property for their annual fair at no cost with a $10,000 damage deposit . . . more -->