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03/23 -- Northwest Washington Fair announces new carnival company -- A new carnival company has been contracted for this year’s Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden. Fair general manager Jim Baron says Funtastic Traveling Shows will provide the carnival rides and games at this year’s fair, replacing Davis Amusement Cascadia . . . more -->

03/23 -- Volunteers: It's time to improve the Wapello county fair (IA) -- Organizers have plans for the most expensive rehab in the history of the Wapello County Fairgrounds. The bill could pass $1.5 million — but the expected boost could change the whole tone of the fair, the races and the events scheduled for other times of the year. “Right now, groups want to rent the fairgrounds for an event, and we just can’t do it,” said Wapello County Fair Foundation Vice President Fred Jenkins . . . more -->

03/23 -- With support, Missoula County approves special improvement district for fairgrounds -- After months of consideration, Missoula County Commissioners on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution stating their intent to create a special improvement district for the county fairgrounds. The move will enable the county to bond around $19 million in improvements and pay it back over a 20-year period using funding generated from three mills levied by commissioners during last year’s budgeting process . . . more -->

03/22 -- Legislature restructures Wyoming State Fair -- The Wyoming State Fair has undergone serious changes during this year’s Legislator session. Establishing a steady cash stream, changing the management of the fair and allowing malt beverages during the fair week are intended to increase profits by more than $440,000 per year. “The whole point is getting some additional expertise on the board,” Sen. Brian Boner, R-Converse, said . . . more -->

03/21 -- Ravalli County fairgrounds names new director -- With fond memories of the way the fair used to be and high expectations for future customer service, Melissa Seville is the new Ravalli County fairgrounds director. Seville has lived in the valley since she was in first grade and now lives in Victor with her husband and their two daughters. She has watched the fairgrounds for years . . . more -->

03/21 -- Improving the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds (MI) -- Great vendors, more accommodations and a solid location. These were among the praises and concerns a handful of residents said throughout three focus groups Tuesday concerning the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds. Berrien County Youth Fair Executive Director Karen Klug said they held the three focus groups in order to gather community ideas as part of a needs assessment for the long-proposed Expo Center. On Tuesday, the groups focused on the current state of the fairgrounds as a whole and what could be added to improve it . . . more -->

03/21 -- No easy fix: Illinois State Fairgrounds need $180 million in repairs -- The money isn’t coming in quite like John Slayton envisioned it would for the repairs at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. “I really envisioned people calling me, but it has not happened,” said Slayton, chairman of the Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation. As the list of repairs needed at both fairgrounds, in Springfield and in Du Quoin, grows, donations have not been as quick to come into the foundation, which was formed in August 2016 . . . more -->

03/20 -- Manitowoc County Expo welcomes new dairy cattle barn in 2018 -- The Manitowoc County Expo-Ice Center Board is excited to announce the construction of a new dairy cattle barn for 2018! The demolition of the existing dairy cattle barn is complete and the construction of the new dairy cattle barn will begin in March with a substantial completion date of Aug. 1 . . . more -->

03/19 -- MD DNR declines to give fairgrounds land to Anne Arundel County -- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has turned down Anne Arundel County’s request to shift control of the Anne Arundel County Fair’s land from the state to the county. In a letter dated March 7, DNR Secretary Mark Belton wrote the department wouldn’t begin the surplus process to transfer the land to the county or any other group. County Executive Steve Schuh had requested DNR transfer the land as part of a letter sent in November. Schuh made the request as the county wanted to invest in fairgrounds improvements but wanted to own the land before doing so . . . more -->

03/16 -- More details on Lackawanna County's plans for heritage fair in 2019 -- The public will have a chance to shape the Lackawanna County Heritage Fair before its post-Memorial Day 2019 debut as a celebration of the region’s cultural and ethnic history. The county commissioners expect to introduce an ordinance Wednesday to create an authority board to plan and oversee the fair’s operations and finances. The board will have at least five members and maybe more. It will listen to people’s ideas for the fair’s specific nature, including its themes and events, organizing committee chairman Armand Olivetti said Thursday during a news conference to announce the fair at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain . . . more -->

03/16 -- Fundraiser for injured Kern County Fair bull rider set for later this month -- A fundraiser will be held later this month for Dustin Marberry, the bull rider who was injured at the fair last September. Marberry's mom tells us he's home, continuing with his recovery. Marberry was injured in a bull riding accident at the rodeo at last year's Kern County Fair. The fundraiser will be at the Porterville Fair, Saturday, March 24 . . . more -->

03/15 -- New Illinois State Fair manager deeply rooted in ag -- When Illinois’ state fairs roll around this August, watch for new State Fair Manager Luke Sailer — he’ll be the one in the Ray-Ban sunglasses and a million-dollar smile. Technically, Sailer, 25, is the new division manager of Fair and Promotional Services, which oversees the bureaus of the Illinois State Fair, Du Quoin State Fair Business Services and County Fairs and Horse Racing . . . more -->

03/14 -- Ag Day offers hands on learning -- An estimated 1,500 children from around the county are expected to converge on the Lake County Fairgrounds in Lakeport on Thursday for an interactive learning experience for the second annual Ag & Natural Resources Day. The event, to welcome K-6 and Special Education students from 9 a.m. to noon, proved to be a success in just its first year for its series of hands-on activities and entertaining shows. This year Fairgrounds CEO Courtny Conkle said students could expect to see a more extensive variety — over half of the fairgrounds’ property will be occupied with “something to do at every corner.” . . . more -->