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07/12 -- Joey Chestnut to compete in cheese curd eating competition at Wisconsin State Fair -- Joey Chestnut, the man who ate 74 hotdogs to set the world record, will compete in the first-ever cheese curd eating competition at the Wisconsin State Fair. The competition will take place at noon on Saturday, August 11 at the Associated Bank Amphitheater. Chestnut will be joined by many of the other world's top competitive eaters in this new competition . . . more -->

07/12 -- Kentucky State Fair Board in ‘good hands’ with new president and CEO -- The two leaders who most recently guided the Kentucky State Fair Board agree its future is in good hands with new President and CEO David Beck. Beck officially began his new role at Kentucky Venues on July 1. Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Don Parkinson and Chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board Dr. Mark Lynn, who recently served separate terms as interim CEO at Kentucky Venues, predict David Beck will be the most consequential leader in the organization’s history . . . more -->

07/09 -- Avoiding Illness at the Vigo County Fair -- Fair-goers are being warned to be careful around fair animals. With one reported case of the swine flu in Indiana this year, the Vigo County fair is making sure to keep it's participants safe. "Before the animals are even allowed in to the pens there's a vet that checks them out, coming off the trailer. So all the animals here have been cleared" says Taylor Guevara, Queen of Vigo County fair . . . more -->

07/06 -- Meet you at the gate: Ekka goes back to the future -- EKKA visitors are set to experience a whole new experience at this year’s Royal Queensland Show with a world first new animal pavilion, new indoor arena for the iconic woodchop competition and a digital experience like no other . . . more -->

07/06 -- Clayton County Fair (IA) Looking for Vendors after Carnival Cancels -- The Clayton County Fair is looking for vendors after the carnival they had booked cancelled. The fair announced on their Facebook page earlier this week that due to unforeseen personal and financial issues, the carnival they originally booked is unable to come. So, they’re considering different options. The Clayton County Fair is currently looking into booking inflatables, obstacle courses, zip lines, a mechanical bull and other activities . . . more -->

07/05 -- Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair donates $300K to Cobb County Parks -- At the Cobb County Commissioners meeting on June 26, fair board president Johnny Woodward and his fellow board members presented the county commissioners with a check for $300,000. The money is for the following capital improvements at Jim R. Miller Park . . . more -->

07/05 -- Bear caught after trying to climb over fence to Washington State Fairgrounds -- A bear caught trying to climb onto the grounds of the Washington State Fair on Wednesday is believed to be the same one spotted wandering a hospital campus in Puyallup on Tuesday, police said. Puyallup police Capt. Ryan Portmann said he was "pretty confident" it was the same bear since both were tagged. The Good Samaritan Hospital campus in Puyallup is also just blocks from the fairgrounds. . . . more -->

07/03 -- New Umatilla County Fair coordinator talks parking, carnival -- With opening day just over a month away, the Umatilla County Fair’s new coordinator is working to make its second year at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center a success. Angie McNalley assumed the title of fair coordinator in April, after former fair coordinator Cyndie Driscoll resigned in March . . . more -->