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01/19 -- Flathead County Fairgrounds (MT) Growth Spurs Request for Events Coordinator -- The Flathead County Fair Board has asked the county commissioners to consider hiring a full-time event coordinator to keep pace with a growing activity level at the county fairgrounds in Kalispell. Last year, 188,713 people attended an event at the fairgrounds, bringing in just over $1 million in revenue attributed to the Northwest Montana Fair and other events staged at the Expo and Trade Center buildings . . . more -->

01/17 -- Officials eye Central Washington State Fair Park buildings for possible medical care in case of disaster -- Yakima Health District officials are exploring the possibility of using State Fair Park as a medical care facility during a disaster. The district is seeking proposals for a feasibility study of installing generators at the Yakima Valley SunDome, Pioneer Hall and the Deccio and Modern Living buildings, which would allow the facilities to be used as places to care for nonemergency patients if needed . . . more -->

01/16 -- 142-year-old León Fair is cultural heritage -- The government of Guanajuato has decreed that the 142-year-old León State Fair, celebrated annually in the state’s capital, is now part of the state’s intangible cultural heritage. Governor Miguel Márquez Márquez issued the decree yesterday during the opening ceremony of the fair, which also marked the 442nd anniversary of the founding of León . . . more -->

01/16 -- Marion County Fair (IA) Board Association Donates to Bryan Clauson Suite Tower -- The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the Marion County Fairboard Association voted to donate $200,000 over the next five years to the Bryan Clauson Suite Towers, as well as a pledge to include $100,000 of physical improvements to the property. Executive Director of the Museum, Bob Baker says, “The Marion County Fairboard and Knoxville Raceway have been the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum’s biggest supporters since before our museum was first built back in 1991,” “We couldn’t be happier to hear that the fairboard members have voted to help us, with this very generous donation . . . more -->

01/16 -- Together We Build given grant for Jackson County Fair (IA), 4-H center -- Representatives from the Community Foundation of Jackson County have presented the Together We Build committee with a ceremonial check for $100,000 to put toward a new Jackson County Fair and Extension/4-H Outreach Center. The grant award is part of a commitment to fund the building project $25,000 annually for the next four years, bringing the group closer to its $1.85 million goal . . . more -->

01/16 -- MN State Fairgrounds Slated To Get $11.1 Million In Upgrades -- The Minnesota State Fairgrounds is getting an $11.1 million face-lift. The State Fair’s board of managers on Sunday approved $7.2 million in capital improvements and $3.8 million in maintenance projects for the coming year. The work will include construction of a new restroom and new pet exhibition area, improvements to the livestock complex and upgrades to infrastructure . . . more -->

01/16 -- Big Sky Country State Fairgrounds manager resigns after record-breaking fair -- General manager for the Gallatin County Fairgrounds Lori Cox will be leaving her position on Tuesday after a three-year run. During her time in the role, Cox has seen major growth at the fairgrounds and the Big Sky Country State Fair. She said since she’s taken the reins, the fair has seen roughly a 60-percent increase in attendance and facility rentals for this year are up 25 percent . . . more -->

01/12 -- Marin County Fair manager inducted into fair hall of fame -- After more than four decades working at the Marin County Fair, Charlie Barboni, now fair manager, has been inducted into the Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame. Barboni, a resident of Hicks Valley, was inducted into the hall of fame on Jan. 5 at the WFA annual convention in Anaheim. The honor is the highest achievement in the county fair industry recognizing individuals for distinguished achievement or outstanding contribution to the fair industry . . . more -->

01/12 -- Franklin County Fair (MO) to See Major Changes This Year -- The 2018 Franklin County Fair will see some major changes this year, including being held a month earlier than usual, with the Fair scheduled for June 7-10. Fair officials announced Monday that the 2018 Franklin County Fair lineup would not include main stage entertainment or a bull ride. Additionally, a new ride company is on board this year . . . more -->

01/11 -- IAFE Earns Grant from ASAE Foundation -- The American Society of Association Executives Foundation has awarded five $10,000 grants for various programs through the foundation's Innovation Grants Program. The recipients will be recognized during ASAE's 2018 Great Ideas Conference, to be held March 11-13 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. The grants are funded by support from the SunTrust Foundation; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P; and Geico. . . . more -->

01/11 -- Fair Managers Embrace Diversity -- The Washington State Fair, Puyallup, will debut The Farm Sillyville at its 2018 event. The San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, Calif., themed “How Sweet It Is” this year, is all about candy, having already booked Sugarland for its coming fair, part of an extensive tour the group has announced. And a prominent number of awards for 2017 achievements at the Western Fairs Association here Jan. 3-6 honored embracing diversity and the new world order . . . more -->

01/10 -- Longtime Curry County Fair (OR) leader retires -- After more than a half-century of serving Curry County as the fair manager, Ron Crook has set his sights on retirement, ending one of the longest assignments of any living Oregon fair manager. Nikki Sparks will assume the role of Curry County fair manager, according to fair spokesperson Mureen Walker . . . more -->

01/10 -- New city staff will be hired with completion of new building at Cache County Fairgrounds (UT) -- As far as Cache County Executive Craig Buttars is concerned, 2018 will be a very good year, but he said there are reasons that 2019 could be even better. That is the year the new Cache County Fairgrounds building will open up, and the city will be hiring some additional staff to go with it . . . more -->

01/10 -- Grant County Fair (WA) rates not going up in 2018 -- The cost to get into the Grant County Fair won’t be going up in 2018. That was confirmed during a hearing Tuesday between Grant County commissioners and fair staff. Initially, there were some proposed rates that brought prices up by as much as $4 but that idea was nixed, "listening to the community, I don't think an increase in ticket prices right now is a good thing . . . more -->

01/08 -- New fairground facility to be built in Boone County (NE) -- A much-needed upgrade is coming to the Boone County Fairgrounds here in the form of what’s being called the Agricultural and Educational Activities Building. The new building will replace an existing livestock facility on the fairgrounds. The current facility is too small and outdated to host many events, said Hilary Maricle, a Boone County commissioner . . . more -->

01/08 -- Waxahachie Chamber reinvents its mission; talks about first-ever Ellis County Fair and Rodeo (TX) -- With a new president serving at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, the community can expect events to be rejuvenated to focus on inclusion of all ages. Along with freshening up the Chamber’s mission, the Ellis County Youth Expo will soon host its first Ellis County Fair and Rodeo. Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce President Sandy King researched the city’s demographics and found that 127 families are moving to Waxahachie each month and the median age is 31 years old . . . more -->