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05/23 -- Stoller bids Silver Dollar Fair adieu -- This is fair manager Scott Stoller’s last year heading up the Silver Dollar Fair. After nine years, he’s heading to Colorado to be general manager of the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. He starts in July. “It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Stoller this week, explaining fair time has been in his blood since his youth . . . more -->

05/21 -- Columbia County Fair (OR) to introduce electronic ticketing -- The 103rd annual Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is just over two months away, and this year, for the first time, fairgoers can buy tickets online. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for the July fair and a monster truck show. The monster truck event, put on by Malicious Monster Trucks, will feature exhibits of the massive, beefed up trucks, as well as rides in the trucks for an extra fee . . . more -->

05/21 -- Door County Fair (WI) entries go electronic -- The Door County Fair is catching up with the times when it comes to how projects are entered. Community residents must now submit their entries for Junior Fair and Open Class divisions online. The move follows the changes Kewaunee County Fair and Brown County Fair officials made for some of their categories at their events. Dawn Vandevoort from the Door County UW-Extension says this process will hopefully make it easier for everyone . . . more -->

05/21 -- Gov. Colyer signs Kansas State Fair sales tax bill into law -- Gov. Jeff Colyer signed Senate Bill 415 into law Wednesday, directing state sales tax collected at the Kansas State Fair to go towards capital improvements. Returning the sales tax generated on the Kansas State Fairgrounds during the fair would produce just over $400,000, based on the fiscal year 2017 figures. Of that 6.5 percent tax, about 5 percent would go into the State Fair Capital Improvements Fund . . . more -->

05/21 -- More upgrades for Morgan County Fairgrounds (IL) -- Improvements continue to be made to the buildings and grounds at the Morgan County Fairgrounds. Volunteers, fair board members and racetrack crews worked this winter to insulate and line with metal the walls of the east half section beneath the grandstand. “In the last couple of years, we have been working to improve the area under the grandstand by building a new fair queen’s dressing room and finishing pouring a concrete floor,” said Jay Harris, president of the Morgan County Fair Association . . . more -->

05/21 -- Washington County (PA) moves ahead with next phase of fairgrounds entrance project -- Washington County commissioners Thursday approved the receipt of a $742,000 grant related to the renovation of the trolley-stop fairgrounds entrance in Arden, Chartiers Township. Federal tax dollars are being funneled through PennDOT for the grant to the county. PennDOT retains the rest for its administrative costs, such as reviewing plans and making inspections . . . more -->

05/18 -- UP State Fair Authority receives $1M donation from Besse Foundation -- The Delta County Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday morning that the U.P. State Fair Authority has received a $1,000,000 donation from the John and Melissa Besse Foundation. These funds will be used to construct a new Commerce Center building and parking area on the U.P. State Fairgrounds, at the corner of Lincoln Road and 9th Avenue North. The new Commerce Center building will be the location for the Delta County Commerce Center and U.P. State Fair office . . . more -->

05/18 -- New building going up at Dodge County Fairgrounds (WI) -- Construction of a new commercial exhibit building is currently underway on the west side of the Dodge County Fairgrounds. The 60-by-120-foot structure will be completed in time for the 131st Dodge County Fair Aug. 15-19. Sharon Keil, secretary of the Dodge County Fair Association, said the board discussed adding a building over the past couple of years . . . more -->

05/16 -- O’Leary Nominated for 2018 Women of Influence Award -- It's time to vote for the 2018 Venues Now Women of Influence Awards. We will be honoring this year's inspiring leaders during IAVM VenueConnect in Toronto, July 22-25, 2018. Vote now to make your voice heard. The voting deadline is Friday, May 25, 2018. These individuals have been nominated for their newsworthy achievement and outstanding leadership. We will showcase the winners in our July issue . . . more -->

05/15 -- NYS Fair's new $200 lifetime passes sold out in minutes -- Lifetime passes to the Great New York State Fair went on sale Monday morning, and they're already sold out. The NYS Fair sold all 200 lifetime admission passes within minutes after becoming available online at 6 a.m. The limited number of lifetime passes cost $200 and are good for admission to the fair every day for the rest of the owner's life . . . more -->

05/15 -- Nebraska State Fair will now manage the Aksarben Stock Show -- The Nebraska State Fair will now administer the Aksarben Stock Show. The Nebraska State Fair and the Knights of Aksarben Foundation announced the move Friday at the May meeting of the Nebraska State Fair Board of Directors. Greg Harder of Shorewood, Minnesota, was named the new stock show director. Harder and his staff will work out of the Nebraska Building at Fonner Park in Grand Island . . . more -->