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03/01 -- Door County Fair secretary stepping aside -- Changes are expected for the 2017 Door County Fair. It was announced last November that the fair would be reverting to a $5 per day admission, returning to buttons that would be good for admission to the fair every day Aug. 2 through Aug. 5, and seeking new events to attract new attendees. And now, the departure of one key member of the fair administration, fair secretary Donna Henderson, has been announced . . . more -->

03/01 -- Woodbury County Fair won't add beer sales this year -- Alcohol won't be served at the Woodbury County Fair when the annual festival unfolds in Moville, Iowa, this summer. The Woodbury County Fair Association Board of Directors on Monday in their regular monthly meeting voted to stop research into serving beer and wine at grandstand events. Fair Director Randy Hayworth said a board member made a motion to end the discussions for this year's fair, Aug. 2-6, and the vote outcome was roughly two-to-one in support of that . . . more -->

03/01 -- Travel Channel to feature food from New Mexico State Fair -- A lot of people visit the New Mexico State Fair for the food, and now the entire country will get to see how good it is. The Travel Channel visited the fair for an episode of “Food Paradise” highlighting some of the best fair foods in the nation . . . more -->

03/01 -- Fair board rebranding as Kentucky Venues -- Jason Rittenberry said that when he sits down to discuss business with potential clients, he often has to spend the first 15 minutes or more explaining that his job as president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board is a lot more than promoting a state fair. And so, to more accurately reflect what his agency deals with -- "events, entertainment and agriculture" -- Rittenberry is rebranding the state agency as Kentucky Venues . . . more -->

02/24 -- Goodman to retire as SC State Fair general manager -- Gary Goodman, who for 33 years has served as general manager of the South Carolina State Fair, announced Thursday he is retiring. He will be replaced by Nancy L. Smith the fair's the fair's assistant general manager since 2008. She will assume the post effective Jan. 1, 2018. Goodman, who served as the 2005 chair of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and has overseen a series of grounds improvements at the fair in recent years, said in a press release that he is leaving the fair in good hands . . . more -->

02/22 -- Mesquite Hall to get new name, fairgrounds new sponsor -- Home to large events like the Chamber of Commerce Follies, community yard sales, Santa's Art Shop and the Daily Independent's Home Show, Mesquite Hall is the Desert Empire Fairground's largest building and one of the cheapest venues in Ridgecrest. And that venue will have a new name for the next five years, thanks to a sponsorship from Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union. In a 4-0 vote Wednesday, the Desert Empire Fair board of directors approved the five-year, $21,600 sponsorship . . . more -->

02/22 -- Cassia loans money for new fair bleachers -- Cassia County commissioners approved loaning the fair board $246,704 out of county savings to replace a section of bleachers at the rodeo arena. “As a county we could sit on our hands and do nothing with those bleachers,” Commissioner Tim Darrington said “But there’s a problem there.” The bleachers have safety issues and if one of them fell it would be a liability for the county, Darrington said . . . more -->

02/17 -- Clark County Fairgrounds moves forward with boat racing plans -- The Clark County Fairgrounds wants to move forward with its plan to host racing events at its 125-acre lake, which leaders say could draw thousands of tourists and millions of dollars in revenue to Springfield. The Springfield City Planning Board approved a re-zoning request this week to allow the 185-acre property on Laybourne Road to hold racing events. Springfield city commissioners will vote on it in a few weeks . . . more -->

02/15 -- Fort Bend County Fair names new fair manager -- The Fort Bend County Fair named longtime local resident Cindy Schmidt as fair manager.Schmidt served as interim fair manager for several months prior to getting the permanent position. She has also volunteered for the fair since the 1990s, serving on its fair club, livestock, hospitality and decorations committees. She has been a life member since 1996 and, in 2008, Schmidt joined the fair staff as secretary . . . more -->

02/14 -- Stock show buys Denver County Fair -- The National Western Stock Show today announced it has purchased the Denver County Fair. The fair has been staged at the stock show’s National Western Complex in north Denver for the last six years. “This opportunity presented itself and we jumped at it,” said Paul Andrews, stock show president and CEO. “With our full time, professional staff, seasoned in event planning and operations, the Denver County Fair will have the knowledgeable support necessary to make Denver proud. We are in the process of formalizing our plans for the show and will announce enhancement in the coming months . . . more -->

02/14 -- Cayuga County Fair eyes new state funding, move to Emerson Park -- The Cayuga County Fair finds itself positioned to secure almost $90,000 in new state funding announced Jan. 31 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The fair is one of 56 across New York state that qualify for a total of $5 million to be awarded through the Agricultural Fairgrounds Infrastructure Improvement Program, Cuomo announced. The sum divides into $89,285 per fair . . . more -->