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04/17 -- Longtime fair manager Greg Stewart set to retire at year's end -- He oversaw the Central Washington State Fair for nearly 48 years, devising new themes, securing live entertainment, and assuring the Yakima SunDome plays host to an array of events throughout the year. Now, Greg Stewart, general manager and fair board president, is retiring at the end of the year. “It’s been a fun ride,” he said Tuesday. “It’s really fun to be able to use one’s imagination, get ideas and put them to work, and see them work . . . more -->

04/16 -- Lake County Fairgrounds (OR) mulls renovations -- Lake County Fairgrounds may soon see a change in facilities, layout and appearance following completion of a master plan funded, in part, through a recently acquired grant. With the assistance of South Central Oregon Economic Development District (SCOEDD), a $50,000 Local Economic Opportunity Fund Program grant was approved through Business Oregon. Its purpose will be to fund a two-phase assessment for development of a master plan for immediate facilities needs, maintenance and possible redesign . . . more -->

04/15 -- Deschutes Co. Hires New Fair Director -- Deschutes County has chosen a new Fair and Expo Center Director. County Administrator Tom Anderson says it wasn’t easy to fill the void left by the retiring Dan Despotopulos, "Dan has been our leader at the Fair and Expo Center for a couple decades, so it’s never easy to replace someone like that . . . more -->

04/15 -- OSSAA signs five-year contract extension with “The Big House”; new State Fair Park coliseum proposed -- The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) has announced a five-year contract extension with “The Big House.” It will keep basketball and wrestling state championships at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. OSSAA has hosted basketball tournaments at the Jim Norick Arena, “The Big House,” for 54 years . . . more -->

04/15 -- Sioux County Youth Fair happening despite no racetrack -- The Sioux County Youth Fair will July 16-22 at the fairgrounds in Sioux Center. “The fair is going to be on like usual ?— the same place, the same excitement that we’ve had in other years,” said fair board president Craig De Haan. “Some people have said we’re not going to have a fair but we’re going to continue to have a fair in that spot until we find a suitable new location.” De Haan said rumors of not having a county fair revolved around the city of Sioux Center . . . more -->

04/12 -- Lyon Co. Fair Board still looking for carnival -- If you operate a carnival, the Lyon County Fair Board would like to talk. The Fair Board does not have a carnival signed up for this year. There is a lot of competition for carnivals. “The trouble is, there are 14 fairs going on that weekend, the second weekend in August,” said Wally Wichmann, Lyon County Fair Board member . . . more -->

04/11 -- New Park County Fair (WY) director finalized -- After more than a month of back and forth negotiations and discussions following the firing of the Park County Fair events coordinator, the county has finally solidified a leadership plan for the annual county fair. The Park County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved Mike Garza to take over as events coordinator, in charge of planning and organizing the fair and fairgrounds events with help from other county employees. This is in addition to his current superintendent of buildings and grounds duties . . . more -->

04/10 -- One Of The Clark County Fair’s (NV) Founding Fathers Retires -- After more than half a century of participation and service, Moapa Valley resident Jerry Haworth is stepping down from the livestock division of the Clark County Fair and Rodeo. Talk to any of the old timers, and they will say that Jerry is a treasure and will be sorely missed by the Fair in the years to come . . . more -->

04/10 -- Kansas State Fair warns about third-party ticket sellers -- Kansas State Fair officials are warning grandstand concert buyers to beware of third party ticket sellers. Fraudulent websites have popped up selling Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand tickets, said the fair’s Marketing Director Amy Bickel. “Our box office has only been open a few days, but already there are several websites offering our concert tickets — which they may or may not have — at highly inflated prices,” said Bickel . . . more -->

04/09 -- Steve Rogers receives Freedom Award for agriculture for work with fairs -- Fourth-generation Buffalo County farmer Steve Rogers has good reasons for his decades of service on county and state fair boards. However, his interest in fairs doesn’t come from being a 4-H or FFA exhibitor as a kid. He never belonged to either organization. “I wasn’t in 4-H, but I sure liked coming out to the fair,” Rogers said. His favorite event, especially as a teenager, was the demolition derby . . . more -->

04/08 -- Dairy focus of ag in the classroom Fair project -- The Stanislaus County Fair is partnering with local pre-school through fifth-grade classes, as well as after school programs, to teach students about the importance of dairy and dairy cattle in the community. The Stanislaus County Fair’s “School Involvement Program” is sponsored by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee, which gives students an opportunity to learn about the dairy industry and its importance in Stanislaus County . . . more -->

04/05 -- Benton County commissioners OK new fairgrounds master plan -- The Benton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 on Tuesday to accept a new master plan for the Benton County Fairgrounds that includes converting the 33,000-square-foot Benton Arena into an exhibition hall and building a new covered arena for rodeos, equestrian events and dog agility competitions . . . more -->