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07/16 -- Calgary Stampede retires ‘Indian Village’ name, rebrands Indigenous space Elbow River Camp -- For more than 100 years, local First Nations have camped at the Calgary Stampede – their “Indian Village” site has always been a quieter part of the massive show on the banks of the Elbow River, with colourful tepee displays, and traditional storytelling and ceremonies. A century ago, the camp was both a celebrated Stampede attraction and an outlet for the Dene, Stoney and Blackfoot people whose movement, language and culture was restricted by Canadian government officials. But in recent years, the tepee owners whose family histories are long linked to the spot have sometimes found themselves on the defensive, having to justify why it is still referred to by an inaccurate and outdated term . . . more -->

07/16 -- Historic Missouri State Fair venues receive upgrades -- It is one of the most iconic images in Sedalia and perhaps in the state. The Coliseum on the Missouri State Fairgrounds has hosted everyone from presidents to youth exhibitors who, by entering the building with their livestock, possibly feel as important as any president if only for a day. Constructed in 1906, the 112-year-old building underwent a major renovation project this year to restore the facility to its original grandeur . . . more -->

07/16 -- Douglas County Fair (NE) back with new leadership and location -- After some struggles with attendance in the past, the Douglas County Fair is back in 2018 with a new location and leadership. Because of the fresh look, fair supporters are optimistic that Nebraska's oldest fair can sustain itself at Village Pointe Mall. "Omaha has an agriculture heritage and everybody here is within a generation or two of the farm or at least a farm job," Clare Duda, county board member . . . more -->

07/16 -- Douglas County Fair (NE) back with new leadership and location -- After some struggles with attendance in the past, the Douglas County Fair is back in 2018 with a new location and leadership. Because of the fresh look, fair supporters are optimistic that Nebraska's oldest fair can sustain itself at Village Pointe Mall. "Omaha has an agriculture heritage and everybody here is within a generation or two of the farm or at least a farm job," Clare Duda, county board member . . . more -->

07/16 -- Like moving into a new house’: How is the first Montgomery County Fair (OH) at the new fairgrounds going? -- Montgomery County Fair attendees are getting used to the numerous changes at the new fairgrounds site in Jefferson Twp., and there have been some growing pains for the first fair hosted there. Opening-day attendance at the fair this year tripled over the first day in 2017, according to the Montgomery County Agricultural Society. Executive Director Greg Wallace said a large majority of the feedback he has received on the new facilities has been “nothing but positive,” despite some criticism that the fair was not wheelchair-accessible enough . . . more -->

07/12 -- Joey Chestnut to compete in cheese curd eating competition at Wisconsin State Fair -- Joey Chestnut, the man who ate 74 hotdogs to set the world record, will compete in the first-ever cheese curd eating competition at the Wisconsin State Fair. The competition will take place at noon on Saturday, August 11 at the Associated Bank Amphitheater. Chestnut will be joined by many of the other world's top competitive eaters in this new competition . . . more -->

07/12 -- Kentucky State Fair Board in ‘good hands’ with new president and CEO -- The two leaders who most recently guided the Kentucky State Fair Board agree its future is in good hands with new President and CEO David Beck. Beck officially began his new role at Kentucky Venues on July 1. Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Don Parkinson and Chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board Dr. Mark Lynn, who recently served separate terms as interim CEO at Kentucky Venues, predict David Beck will be the most consequential leader in the organization’s history . . . more -->

07/09 -- Avoiding Illness at the Vigo County Fair -- Fair-goers are being warned to be careful around fair animals. With one reported case of the swine flu in Indiana this year, the Vigo County fair is making sure to keep it's participants safe. "Before the animals are even allowed in to the pens there's a vet that checks them out, coming off the trailer. So all the animals here have been cleared" says Taylor Guevara, Queen of Vigo County fair . . . more -->

07/06 -- Meet you at the gate: Ekka goes back to the future -- EKKA visitors are set to experience a whole new experience at this year’s Royal Queensland Show with a world first new animal pavilion, new indoor arena for the iconic woodchop competition and a digital experience like no other . . . more -->

07/06 -- Clayton County Fair (IA) Looking for Vendors after Carnival Cancels -- The Clayton County Fair is looking for vendors after the carnival they had booked cancelled. The fair announced on their Facebook page earlier this week that due to unforeseen personal and financial issues, the carnival they originally booked is unable to come. So, they’re considering different options. The Clayton County Fair is currently looking into booking inflatables, obstacle courses, zip lines, a mechanical bull and other activities . . . more -->