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05/24 -- Tennessee State Fair will be returning to Nashville Fairgrounds -- The Tennessee State Fair will be returning to the Nashville Fairgrounds, the Tennessee State Fair Association announced in a press release on Thursday. The 10-day event will open on Friday, September 6 and run through Sunday, September 15 . . . more -->

05/24 -- Appanoose County Fair (IA) to be dedicated to Haines -- The 2019 Appanoose County Fair will be dedicated to David Haines, for his many years of involvement with the fair. Haines has played a major role on the Appanoose County Fair Board as well as the Appanoose County 4-H Program. He was on the Appanoose County Fair Board from 2004-2018, serving as vice president and superintendent of the arena. Additionally, Haines serves the Appanoose County 4-H Program through many avenues . . . more -->

05/24 -- O.C. Fair Board votes to fly LGBTQ pride flag at Costa Mesa fairgrounds year-round -- The day after the LGBTQ pride flag caught its first breeze at Costa Mesa City Hall, the Orange County Fair Board agreed to hoist the banner across the street. With Thursday’s vote, the OC Fair & Event Center joined a recent flurry of area agencies deciding to fly the rainbow flag . . . more -->

05/23 -- Spokane County Fair names Erin Gurtel as new director -- The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center has a new director. Erin Gurtel, who previously served as marketing and sales manager for the fairgrounds, replaces Rich Hartzell, who recently retired after eight years as director. Gurtel has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University and 14 years of experience working for the Downtown Spokane Partnership and large festivals in the Seattle area, including Bumbershoot, according to a county news release . . . more -->

05/23 -- Illinois State Fair lowers admission prices -- The Illinois State Fair (ISF) manager on Wednesday announced lowered ticket prices for the upcoming summer event. ISF manager Kevin Gordon said Sunday through Thursday daily admission prices have been lowered to $5 for adults during the 2019 fair. Senior prices will remain at $3 and children 12 years of age and younger are free. This is being done to make the fair a more affordable family-friendly experience, Gordon said . . . more -->

05/23 -- Illinois Fairgrounds buzz with upgrades -- Upgrades at the two Illinois state fairgrounds are progressing well and are on track for completion by fair time this summer. Of note is the historic Coliseum at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, constructed in 1901 and closed in 2016 due to severe structural problems. A bid from R.D. Lawrence Construction Co. was approved Jan. 4 to renovate the Coliseum with a July 20 completion date to finish the $10.2 million project . . . more -->

05/23 -- Del Mar declares emergency in wake of hillside collapse -- Del Mar has declared a local emergency to expedite repairs and help recover expenses after a hillside slope collapsed onto Jimmy Durante Boulevard, severing a main route between the city, the state fairgrounds and neighboring communities.The single northbound lane leading from Camino del Mar to the fairgrounds has been closed since the April 20 overnight slide and will remain closed through at least the first week of this year’s San Diego County Fair, officials said at Monday’s City Council meeting May 20. The fair starts May 31 and ends July 4 . . . more -->

05/22 -- Cowley County flooding puts county fair in jeopardy -- So far this week, Cowley County has received more than 7 inches of rain. "I've never seen Winfield this bad in my life," says Christian Evans. Brendon Evans agrees. "Timber Creek, it's way above the rocks now. I've never seen it that bad. I've never even seen this place flood before. I could only imagine how the dam is on the other side of town," he says . . . more -->

05/22 -- Utah State Fairpark’s finances looking up even as auditor dings management for lax oversight of employee expenses -- The 2018 Utah State Fair was a big hit — increasing attendance 10 percent last year. But the Fairpark’s real success was in holding events outside the fair, allowing it to nearly double overall admission receipts. The State Fair Corporation’s annual financial statement released Tuesday by the State Auditor’s Office uses words like “stellar," “fantastic,” and “one of our most successful years in history . . . more -->

05/21 -- New Renderings of Tippecanoe County Fair (IN) Coliseum Released -- New renderings are providing the latest preview at what will be the new coliseum at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. "Pretty much we have everything narrowed down to exactly what the building is going to be designed and look like,” said County Commissioner David Byers. New renderings show what the new coliseum will most likely look like at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds . . . more -->

05/17 -- SBC Fair’s Hinds off to Oregon -- After five years at the helm of the SBC Fairgrounds, General Manager/CEO Geoff Hinds will leave for the greener and larger pastures of the Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Oregon. Hinds told the Daily Press Thursday that he’ll take over as chief executive at the Oregon-based fairgrounds and expo center sometime in June . . . more -->

05/16 -- Bobbi Jo Heald Passes Away -- Bobbi Jo (Roberta Jean) Heald, 49, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Campbell County Health. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Cam-Plex Frontier Hall in Gillette. Bobbi Jo was born on May 26, 1969, in Gillette, Wyoming, to Chuck and Donna (Armstrong) Heald. She was raised on a ranch 42 miles north of Gillette and east of the Weston store . . . more -->

05/16 -- Washington County Fair Park appoints new Marketing Coordinator -- Kellie Boone, Executive Director of Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center, announced Iva Thelen of West Bend has been appointed the new Marketing Coordinator. “With Iva’s unique background, passion and positive energy, we are very excited to have her as our new Marketing Coordinator. She will be a great addition to the Washington County Fair Park team,” said Boone . . . more -->

05/16 -- New statue marks forgotten poorhouse graves at Ulster County Fairgrounds -- Several hundred people gathered at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz on Wednesday afternoon, where a new statue was unveiled near the swimming pool, marking that place as a forgotten graveyard connected with the former poorhouse located there. New Paltz Town Historian Susan Stessin-Cohn, who spearheaded the effort, delivered a lecture on the history of the site . . . more -->

05/15 -- Livestock show to get new leadership -- Garvin County's spring livestock show is about get whole new leadership after a longtime sponsor and superintendent formally stepped away earlier this week. Mike Lee told two county commissioners on Monday both he and the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce will step back as the driving forces for the annual show bringing FFA and 4-H students together from all over the county for the show typically held in late February and early March . . . more -->

05/15 -- Flooding causes extensive damage to Winfield Fairgrounds -- Repairs are underway in Cowley County after flooding causes extensive damage to several areas, perhaps most visibly at the fairgrounds near Winfield. Assessing damage at the fairgrounds kept new Winfield City Manager Taggart Wall busy on his first day on the job . . . more -->

05/14 -- Layout of ExpoPark livestock facilities focus of proposed study -- Cascade County wants to study changing the layout of livestock facilities at Montana ExpoPark, home of the Montana State Fair, in the wake of a broader study of the 133-acre fairgrounds. Commissioners plan to vote Tuesday on hiring Convention, Sports and Leisure International for $27,500 to study alternate locations for livestock activities and revised "livestock zone" layouts . . . more -->

05/14 -- Tulsa Expo Square To Improve Main Entrance -- Expo Square has announced plans to rebuild the main entrance to the county fairgrounds, including improvements to the iconic Golden Driller statue. Plans call for reconfiguring the plaza, adding lanes for quick drop-offs and pick-ups of passengers, and moving vehicle traffic further away from the building. “Our front door, our very front door at 21st (Street) and Pittsburgh (Avenue) where our driller stands, that hasn’t been taken care of or repainted since 1966, when it was first put together,” Expo Square CEO and President Mark Andrus told KRMG Monday . . . more -->

05/13 -- AmeriCorps cleans up Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds -- Members of the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) came to Escanaba to make a difference in the community. The nine member team has been busy clearing the Upper Peninsula State Fair campgrounds of trash, planting trees, and building walls for the new Webster Marble "Inventing the Outdoors" museum coming in July . . . more -->

05/13 -- Grandin to talk about animal handling at Colorado State Fair -- Scott Stoller, general manager of the Colorado State Fair, had the chance to watch the fair last year before taking the reins and having a hand in the planning of this year’s fair. Stoller and his family moved to Pueblo in July of 2018 and he was able to observe the fair, look and learn. One of the things he noticed was the programming on Fiesta Day gave visitors a cultural experience . . . more -->

05/13 -- Next week’s Maker Faire in San Mateo could be Bay Area’s last -- The annual Maker Faire has been drawing inventors, craft-makers and engineers for more than a decade, but next week’s event could be the Bay Area’s last. Financial difficulties have made the future of the event uncertain, according to Maker Media CEO Dale Dougherty. The company laid off at least eight employees in late March . . . more -->