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11/16 -- York Fair moving to July -- The York County Agricultural Society Board of Directors announced Thursday that it voted to change the dates. Effective in 2020, the York Fair will take place July 24 through August 2. The 2019 dates will be September 6 through September 15 . . . more -->

11/09 -- Daily admission lowered to $5 for 2019 Crawford County Fair -- The daily admission price for the Crawford County Fair is falling back to $5 next year, but it will cost more to buy a daily ride pass. The Crawford County Fair Board split its vote Thursday to lower the 2019 daily gate admission fee from $8 to $5 for ages 5 and older. The daily ride pass fee increases from $5 to $10. The rates for weekly passes for the public, exhibitors and concessionaires remains unchanged for 2019, and people age 65 and older are still admitted for free up until 5 p.m. on the Monday and Tuesday of the fair. The 2019 Crawford County Fair is Aug. 17 to 24 . . . more -->

11/09 -- Fundraising plan at Darke County Fairgrounds to continue -- In their first regular meeting since the fire that destroyed the swine barn at the fairgrounds, the Darke County Fair Board addressed the fire and their next step. According to President Dean Neff, investigators from the insurance companies and the state fire marshal will be on scene late this week to try and determine a cause for the fire. Approximately 25 investigators representing the individuals with equipment in the barn, fair board and Darke County Commission are expected to sift through the ruble . . . more -->

11/09 -- Solano County Fair: ‘It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge’ -- “It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge,” Mike Ioakimedes, the recently named chief executive officer of the group that runs the Solano County fairgr0unds, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Ioakimedes, a losing board candidate in 2016 and a former Benicia council member, was at the board meeting to comment on a county audit that echoed what each board member already knew . . . more -->

11/06 -- No more watching from sidelines for new Solano County Fair GM -- Steve Hales figured he had some pretty big shoes to fill when the Solano County Fair board of directors went in-house and named the long-time operations director as the general manager, replacing the respected Stephen Pierce. No problem, since, at 6-foot-8, Hales has some pretty big shoes himself. Come to think of it, why did Hales want the job after Pierce resigned after two years to relocate to Texas . . . more -->

11/06 -- Improvements Made To Horse And Pony Arena At Lawrence County Fairgrounds (IN) -- Thanks to generous donations, improvements have been made to the Horse and Pony arena at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. Rebecca Hicks, leader of the 4H Horse and Pony club began collecting donations in February . . . more -->

10/29 -- Huge fire at Darke County fairgrounds barn leaves devastation for the building -- A barn fire at the Darke County Fairgrounds that lit up the sky over Greenville on Thursday night is still under investigation as crews sift through the charred debris left behind. The fire caused heat damage to multiple barns, including the neighboring Cow Palace barn rebuilt after fire destroyed the earlier version of that structure in 2013 . . . more -->

10/29 -- Illinois State Fair depends on sponsorships to make it work -- Randy Belville said he’s a sponsor at the Illinois State Fair “really just to help the community out.” His New City Greenhouse in Pawnee donated 400 flats of flowers to help beautify the fairgrounds this year. The donation was worth at least $10,000, the fair said in its agreement with the business. As with most sponsorship agreements, Belville got some things in return, including recognition as a sponsor, two parking passes, some admission tickets and four tickets to two Grandstand concerts . . . more -->

10/29 -- Iconic ‘Space Tower’ at Oklahoma State Fair Park to be torn down -- The “Space Tower” at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, an iconic Oklahoma City structure, will soon be torn down. A strong storm in April 2017, caused major damage at the State Fair Park. It destroyed the arch that sat right next to the Space Tower. Structural engineers examined the tower, and they said the structural integrity was compromised, according to officials with the state fair park . . . more -->

10/29 -- WY State fair returns to five-day schedule -- The shortened four-day Wyoming State Fair took a beating at the first WSF board meeting Oct. 18. It turns out, the new board members learned, that reducing the length of the fair didn’t lead to the expected cost savings and caused other problems. “It saved some money, but it also diminished our revenue,” Wyoming State Fair Director James Goodrich said following the meeting . . . more -->