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06/14 -- Minnesota State Fair rushes to repair snow-collapsed cattle barn roof by opening day -- Work crews are scrambling to repair snow damage to the nearly century-old Minnesota State Fair cattle barn roof in time for this year’s Great Get-together. About 20 percent of the 117,000-square-foot building’s roof collapsed March 12 after a weekend of heavy snow hit the Twin Cities. Repair costs, which are still accruing, have already topped $1 million, according to State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer . . . more -->

06/13 -- Vehicle ends up in Wyoming State Fair fountain -- A red 1991 Chevy Cavalier crashed into the fountain at the entrance to the fairgrounds June 11 around 4:30 p.m. Shalynn Cannon, 17, was driving the vehicle while her father Chris, rode in the passenger seat. Chris reported the incident immediately. Neither of the passengers sustained injuries . . . more -->

06/12 -- Renovations continue at Darke County (OH) swine barn to prepare it for August fair -- The same Darke County swine barn that was characterized as “a towering inferno” by fire crews as it burned Oct. 25 is undergoing renovations so it will be ready for the Great Darke County Fair in August. Today, crews are making progress rebuilding the swine barn and putting up new framing . . . more -->

06/11 -- Rockingham County Fairground (VA) starts construction on a new horticulture building -- Last week, work crews at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds started construction on a new and improved horticulture building. Work crews hope to get the project completed before August, as the new building will be built on the existing foundation and will be a little longer . . . more -->

06/11 -- 2019 Floyd County Fair is a go with new plans, changes -- Despite the Floyd County Fairgrounds losing half of their buildings to Memorial Day’s EF1 tornado, fair board President Amy Staudt told North Iowa News the show will go on. At a fair board meeting Sunday night, members discussed plans to ensure the fair’s activities wouldn’t be hindered despite losing vital structures. Staudt says the twister totaled four buildings . . . more -->

06/11 -- Flooding fails to deter longtime Platte County Fair’s (MO) planners -- A river’s contrariness isn’t about to wash out the planning mode for Northwest Missouri’s longest-running county fair. The most recent floodwaters emptying out of the Platte River temporarily soaked the Platte County Fairgrounds in Tracy, Missouri. But organizers made the most out of a disagreeable situation by taking to their canoes, not just for a friendly race but to assess the amount of cleanup that lies ahead before the arrival of the 156th Platte County Fair . . . more -->

06/11 -- 120 Whoopie Pies Stolen From Maine Fairgrounds -- Police in Maine are searching for the culprits who reportedly broke into a booth at the Skowhegan State Fair over the weekend and stole about 120 whoopie pies and emptied a refrigerator full of cookies. Authorities told the Portland Press Herald the discovery was made early Sunday morning at the Skowhegan Lions Club booth . . . more -->

06/10 -- Spencer agency wins award for Clay County Fair work -- F8 Creative in Spencer returned from Des Moines just over a month ago with an award from the Art Director’s Association of Iowa for its 2018 Clay County Fair animations. The digital agency received the award for Best of Category in Animation at the annual ADAI Exhibition in Des Moines on April 26 . . . more -->

06/10 -- Columbia County Fairground (NY) makes upgrades -- The Columbia County Agricultural Society says it is continuing to make improvements at the Columbia County Fairgrounds before the fair's 179th edition opens in late August. This year, thanks to a grant obtained by the State Fair Association, the fair office has a new ramp for wheelchair access as well as some interior re-configuring to make the "hub" more handicapped accessible . . . more -->

06/10 -- Fulton County Fair board seeks to memorialize volunteer with gazebo in Salem, Ark. -- The Fulton County Fair is seeking contributions to help support the establishment of a memorial to civic volunteer and Salem, Ark. resident George Thomas who died May 16. Thomas was involved in many civic organizations and served on many boards since he and his family moved back to Arkansas over 30 years ago and opened the George Thomas CPA Office, said a fair officials . . . more -->

06/10 -- Smart social media use can benefit fairs -- It’s fair season — time for fairs and fair boards to start promoting their county fair and fair special events and concerts. For fairs that use social media, such as Facebook, it’s time to start posting their fair’s schedule, registration and ticket information for their audiences. But what if social media fair season didn’t end . . . more -->

06/10 -- Boyle County Fair (KY) will be held despite sale of fairgrounds -- The Boyle County Fair will be held this coming week at its normal location, even though the 30-acre tract was sold to the City of Danville in December. “The (fair) board is extremely excited to be acquiring a new piece of real estate and developing a long term place for the community to host many different types of events,” fair board President Ryan Owens said . . . more -->

06/10 -- Construction begins on the $34 million event center in Roseville -- Shovels are hitting the ground on Monday for the start of construction on Roseville's $34 million Placer Valley Sports and Events Center. County officials broke ground on the project on January and construction was expected to begin later this year, but an exception for an early start was granted due to heat-related safety concerns for workers . . . more -->

06/07 -- Plans in place to repair Cowley County Fairgrounds -- Thursday, the City of Winfield announced the planned timeline for repairs to the heavily flood damaged Cowley County Fairgrounds. The announcement came even as more heavy rains led to flash flood warnings across the county. The city says flooding this year heavily damaged several of the structures on the fairgrounds, causing everything from electrical damage to insulation and exterior damage . . . more -->