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04/24 -- St. Lucie County Fair pig feeds hundreds -- Every year at the St. Lucie County Fair, Travis Leonard and Art Allen, owners of A&G Concrete Pools, purchase prize-winning livestock to support young 4-H members who have raised and shown the animals and learned responsibility, animal husbandry, nutrition, care, time management, teamwork, and decision-making. This year, after purchasing a prize-winning animal from the fair’s swine auction, Leonard and Allen knew exactly what they wanted to do with it . . . more -->

04/24 -- 96-year-old grandstands at county fairgrounds getting repairs -- The Beach Boys, Rihanna, Rascal Flats, Brad Paisley, Smash Mouth, Alabama and Johnny Cash are among the dozens of national acts to have graced the stage at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. The grandstands where people watched them from - which are nearing 100 years old - are getting more minor repairs this spring. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved $73,100 for the work at its Tuesday, April 18 meeting . . . more -->

04/24 -- Fort Worth breaks ground on multi-purpose facility -- Fort Worth’s cowboys and culture heritage took another step into the future as officials broke ground last Tuesday on a new arena that will serve as the host of the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo and an array of other events. The Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., renowned Fort Worth-based manufacturer of Dickies work clothing and related products, has secured the naming rights for the 14,000-seat multipurpose arena in the Cultural District . . . more -->

04/24 -- Fair queen program received hasty farewell in Moffat County -- Participants and attendees at the 2016 Moffat County Fair may have noticed something different when it came time for the ribbons to be handed out: the Moffat County Fair queens had disappeared. The program that enlisted girls from the junior, intermediate and senior 4-H categories and put them in charge of promoting the fair and keeping the event running smoothly had been replaced by a new, co-ed concept: fair ambassadors . . . more -->

04/21 -- Program to focus on pre-K, first grade during county fair -- Children in pre-kindergarten through first grade are invited to participate in RT2: Read, Taste, and Touch to promote literacy, nutrition and agriculture during the 2017 Hendricks County 4-H Fair. The program will run from 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. or 11 a.m. to noon July 16 to 19 and July 21. Every day of the fair, a different book featuring nutrition, an animal (agriculture), a craft and a snack will be presented. Within an hour, the children will participate in story time, craft time and snack time . . . more -->

04/21 -- New sponsorship manager in Delaware County Fair -- Delaware native, Thomas "T" Thomson has been named the Sponsorship Manager of the harness racing Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug. Thomson has more than 25 years of sales and production experience, most recently with Brown Enterprise Solutions . . . more -->

04/20 -- Western Montana Fair admission will be free -- Western Montana Fair will now offer free admission for fairgoers. Fair events manager Tom Aldrich says the reasoning behind the decision is to increase fair attendance and repeat visitors and renew interest in the fairgrounds and events. The new plan will also help save money by not staffing the gate with local and county law enforcement . . . more -->

04/20 -- Young man aims to make Franklin County Fair great again -- To borrow a phrase, Brett Reichard wants to make the Franklin County (Pa.) Fair great again. The 20-year-old man, who has a pedigree for the event, became president of the fair board in December. Now, he is promising an event from July 9 to 15 that will be affordable, family-friendly and promote agriculture. “We want to get the community back involved again,” said Reichard, whose grandfather, Gerald Reichard, headed up the fair for four decades . . . more -->

04/20 -- Demo derby to remain dry -- County fairgoers won’t be tipping brews at this year’s demolition derby, as Hillsboro city council voted Tuesday to deny the fair board’s request for a one-night only beer garden. Fair board members looked at the beer garden’s fundraising potential, but police chief Dan Kinning’s concerns about safety held more sway with the council . . . more -->

04/18 -- Wilson County Fair President Hale Moss dies -- Hale Moss, longtime president of the popular Wilson County Fair and prominent Mt. Juliet business owner, has died. A statement was released late Monday night by Gwen Scott, coordinator of Fiddlers Grove Historic Village that operated within the Wilson County fairgrounds. "It is with grief and total shock that we have learned of the death of Hale Moss, President of the Wilson County Fair, owner of Moss Florist in Mt. Juliet . . . more -->

04/18 -- Lowe’s Donates $2,500 to Grant County Fairgrounds (WA) -- Lowe’s is donating $2,500 to the Grant County Fairgrounds as part of its Lowe’s Heroes program, according to Grant County Fairgrounds Director Mickey Webb. “We’re looking at possible projects, and I’d like to match that $2,500,” Webb told the Grant County Commission on Monday. Webb said Lowe’s will donate material at cost and will provide (and pay for) “volunteers” who can help with any projects in the run-up to the Grant County Fair in August . . . more -->

04/18 -- High school students prepare for Angelina County Fair mechanics competition -- As days are counting down, Marshal Beaty is making last minute touches to his livestock carrier model. "This project is a livestock carrier that you can use to carry around animals such as small livestock, or baby steer, baby heifers,” Beaty said. The idea for this innovative carrier was born when Beaty realized the need at his home. "Thinking about my situation, where we don't have any cattle trailers or anything like that,” Beaty said. “So I thought 'hey I need to build a carrier for us’ to use at our house . . . more -->

04/17 -- Board approves funding to beef up Nebraska State Fair Wi-Fi -- The Nebraska State Fair took a big step Friday to greatly improve its ability to provide security and Internet connectivity for visitors and vendors during the fair, which this year is Aug. 25 through Sept. 4. At its April meeting the State Fair board approved $265,000 in funding for Pierson Wireless to improve and expand the fair’s Internet connectivity, along with updating its wireless infrastructure with the latest generation of wireless technology . . . more -->

04/17 -- How to put agriculture back in Pomona Fairplex -- At first blush, Fairplex can come across as the home for drag racing, spa sales and dog shows. But at its very core, Fairplex is about agriculture, and Thursday morning, about 100 people offered ideas on how to grow that aspect of the fairgrounds’s mission. The ideas flowed and included bolstering Fairplex’s role as an educational resource, as a link in the chain to bring fresh, locally grown products to the region and support system for startup businesses with connections to food and agriculture . . . more -->

04/14 -- Elkhart County Fair looking to create a new space for 4H participants -- A building project is in the works to create more room at the Elkhart County fair. In recent years, the fair board has dealt with a large number of 4-Hers who exhibit their livestock--whether its swine, sheep, beef or dairy cattle. It’s been a challenge at times to accommodate them at the Goshen fairgrounds with the available space . . . more -->

04/12 -- Manager Janet Konkel puts her all into Weld County Fair and wins prestigious award for doing it -- There is a bulletin board in Janet Konkel's office with a plain white piece of paper that reads, in all caps, "JANET'S FAIR NUMBER." As the Weld County Fair coordinator, a job she's had since 2011, Konkel is the one to call during the fair, if you can track her down . . . more -->

04/12 -- Community helps fulfill autistic girl’s pageant dream at Lake County Fair -- When Autumn-Marie Bollinger was asked what she wanted for her upcoming 10th birthday, her mother, Amy Bollinger, was surprised by her answer. She told her mom she really wanted to be in the Lake County Fair pageant, just like her personal care assistant and role model, Taylor Pelfrey (Miss Leesburg 2016-17). “My daughter is autistic and has never really expressed interest in this sort of thing,” Bollinger said. “Our family has been through so much that I didn’t think it was possible to do it, so I reached out for help and the response was overwhelming . . . more -->

04/12 -- County Fairgrounds Venue Naming Rights Available Via Bid Process -- Ste. Genevieve County businesses will have the opportunity to put their names on four venues at the Ste. Genevieve County Fairgrounds, as the fair board announced the beginning of a bid auction for naming rights on the demo derby arena, music barn, livestock barn and horse arena. The deadline is May 15 . . . more -->