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05/23 -- Students build new hog pens for Dickinson County Fair -- The Dickinson-Iron Tech Center in Kingsford has teamed up with BOSS Snowplow and the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. Welding students from the center are making brand new hog pens to be featured at this year’s fair. BOSS Snowplow has donated all the materials needed for the students to make these pens. The students will put in thousands of hours to make sure all of the 60 hog pens are completed by the time the fair begins . . . more -->

05/23 -- New fairgrounds kitchen began as simple conversation -- Over the weekend, construction workers and volunteers came together to enclose the new Carbon County Fair Grounds kitchen started last week. Watching the estimated $300,000 to $500,000 project — all donated — develop around him, Rawlins Vice Mayor Steve Sanger could not help but laugh Saturday morning as he called himself the luckiest man in the world . . . more -->

05/22 -- Western Fair District may soon be home to a new casino -- In the Canadian Province of Ontario, London’s Western Fair District may soon be home to a new casino. So says fair chief executive Hugh Mitchell, reports the London Free Press newspaper. The hope for a new casino is being fueled by news that British Columbia’s Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd., has taken over provincially run gaming sites across the southwestern portion of the region. Any casino plans would be contingent upon city approval, according to the newspaper . . . more -->

05/22 -- CNE to end free fare for people with disabilities in 2018 -- People with disabilities will not get free entry to the Canadian National Exhibition starting next year, the fair’s board of directors decided Wednesday as it accepted recommendations to improve accessibility. The recommendation was one of six submitted by the CNE Advisory Council on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, which focused on ways to improve accessibility at the fair . . . more -->

05/19 -- Free sunscreen at Minnesota State Fair? It was a trick – but a good one -- Did you pick up some free sunscreen at the State Fair two years ago? Did you have the eerie sense that someone was watching as you slathered it on? Fear not: It was a dutiful scientist from the University of Minnesota. A U research team gave away sunscreen at fair information booths in 2015 in an experiment to see if people really protect themselves against sunburn and skin cancer as doctors recommend . . . more -->

05/19 -- Calgary Stampede midway food 2017: From the horrifying to the horrifyingly delicious -- Every year the Calgary Stampede rolls out the latest midway treats, horrifying and enticing would-be patrons and media alike. From the items clearly meant to troll us all and convince the brave people to put something not meant for human consumption in their mouths, to the food that actually looks pretty tasty . . . more -->

05/19 -- Watkins Glen Speedway Partners with New York State Fair -- Watkins Glen International and the New York State Fair today announced a partnership that will allow two of the state's largest attractions to promote one another to visitors . . . more -->

05/18 -- 5 fatty — and fabulous! — fair foods at San Diego County Fair -- It’s just once a year, right? The deep-fried decadence that is the San Diego County Fair is back. On June 2, the county’s favorite over-the-top eating festival will be back in all its greasy, fried, bacon-wrapped glory. At a preview Wednesday, we tasted all that’s new and fatty for 2017, so grab the napkins for our list of the Top 5 outrageous edibles. Or as Ken McKnight of Reno’s Fish & Chips says, “You’re at the fair, let it drip . . . more -->

05/18 -- Rock Island County Fair fundraiser aims to fill state funding gap -- Without a state budget in place, county fair boards in Illinois are pinching pennies as they try to finalize plans for this summer. State funding for county fairs has been dropping over the past several years. In Rock Island County, the fair's state funding has been cut in half -- dwindling from about $60,000 a few years ago to $30,000 in 2016. Plus, without a state budget, fair directors say nothing is guaranteed . . . more -->

05/18 -- Landus Cooperative gives back to county fair boards -- Fifteen county fair boards across Iowa were recently awarded a total of nearly $8,000 in grants from Landus Cooperative in partnership with the Land O’ Lakes Foundation. Winnebago County was one of the 15 county fair boards awarded $500 through the grant program. Landus Cooperative launched its Core Grant program earlier this year as part of a quarterly philanthropy focus. With matching funds from Land O’ Lakes, the farmer-owned cooperative awarded $500 to 15 fair boards in the Landus Cooperative service area who completed the application before the deadline . . . more -->

05/17 -- Tennessee State Fair names award in honor of Moss -- The Tennessee State Fair's Distinguished Service Award, presented annually at a special ceremony during the fair's 10-day run in Nashville, will be named in honor of the late Hale Moss of Mt. Juliet. Moss, long-time president of the Wilson County Fair, died in April at the age of 68 . . . more -->

05/16 -- South Dakota’s Largest Classroom held during the SD State Fair -- This school year might be winding down but the South Dakota State Fair is looking ahead to the 2017-2018 school year. Registration forms are now available for South Dakota’s Largest Classroom at the 2017 South Dakota State Fair Thursday, Aug. 31 and Friday, Sept. 1. While attending the fair and participating in activities, students will be able to watch “The Great Bear Show,” visit the Noah’s Way Exotic Animal Petting Zoo and take part in other specialized programming . . . more -->

05/16 -- New look for Illinois State Fair livestock sale -- In an effort to celebrate the accomplishments of our youth exhibitors, Director Raymond Poe and State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon announced that changes outlined in the 2017 Illinois State Fair Joint Livestock Open and Junior Premium Book will allow for more youth exhibitors to receive prize money at the Governor’s Sale of Champions. The Governor’s Sale of Champions is the crown jewel of agricultural events at the Illinois State Fair. The money raised at the Tuesday night auction helps to support Illinois agriculture . . . more -->

05/15 -- Nebraska State Fair approves solar project -- With a goal to be the most innovative fair in the country, the Nebraska State Fair reaches an electrifying agreement. On Friday, the State Fair board approved a deal to add solar panels to the Nebraska Building, where the fair’s administrative offices are location. Contractors from J-Tech Solar estimate it'll save the fair a few thousand dollars in utility expenses . . . more -->