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3/13 -- Minnesota State Fair crews to assess damage after cattle barn roof collapses​ -- Wednesday morning, Minnesota State Fair crew members will be assessing the damage after part of the cattle barn collapsed Tuesday night. Crew members said they believed the collapse was a result of a sliding snow load.. . . . more -->

3/12 -- Feds commit $166M to BMO expansion project -- The BMO Centre in Calgary's Stampede Park is set to double in size after the federal government committed $166.6 million toward the project Tuesday... . . . more -->

3/12 -- Jeannie Burton, longtime Kern County Fair organizer, dies​ -- A longtime employee of the Kern County Fair, often described as its heart, Jeannie Burton has died.Burton died Sunday afternoon following an illness. A spokesperson for the Kern County Fair said Burton died very peacefully at home with family and friends at her side.... . . . more -->

3/12 -- Roof of Lions Club building at Benton County Fairgrounds caves in -- The soul-crushing (and actual) weight of recent snowfalls has claimed another roof. The roof of the Lions Club building at Benton County Fairgrounds collapsed sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, according to Al Stemper, chair of the Benton County Fair board... . . . more -->

3/11 -- Holmes County teen organizes livestock show for individuals with disabilities -- Kiley Ramirez has big plans for the 2019 Holmes County Fair. Ramirez, a junior at West Holmes High School and a member of the Killbuck Handy Helpers 4-H club and the Holmes County Junior Fair board, is implementing a new program at this year’s fair, a livestock show for individuals with disabilities. . . . more -->

3/09 -- The Alaska State Fair’s alcohol license is safe — for now​ -- Alaska’s alcohol board has ruled that the Alaska State Fair can keep serving alcohol, but other businesses are now running into trouble with the board after members declined to extend their licenses amid tougher enforcement of an old state law. . . . more -->

3/09 -- 4 world records broken at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Poultry Auction-- Four world records were broken Saturday at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Poultry Auction. Donors Kristina and Paul Somerville purchased the Grand Champion Junior Market Pen of Broilers for a world record-breaking $220,000.. . . . more -->

03/04 -- Longtime Deschutes fairgrounds manager to retire -- In his nearly two decades as director of the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Dan Despotopulos has seen the facility grow to hold about 400 events per year and host the largest county fair in Oregon. Despotopulos, 64, recently announced he will retire in May after working as director of the fairgrounds since October 2000. He joined a year after the fairgrounds moved to its current location near the Redmond Airport, and he has overseen the facility as it became a major entertainment venue in Central Oregon. But he is reluctant to take any credit for the popularity of the fairgrounds . . . more -->

03/04 -- ‘GoFundMe,’ pleads the Franklin County Fair (MA) -- It’s a shame when Franklin County’s premier agricultural fair has to start a GoFundMe drive just to survive. Yet that is the prospect before the Franklin County Agricultural Society, which recently got the stomach-churning estimate of $500,000 to fix an erosion problem affecting homes below the fairgrounds. “I shook for half an hour,” said FCAS President Fred Steiner. “To take on a debt this size, in a few years it could quickly put the fair out of existence . . . more -->

03/04 -- Beer garden gets OK for Lorain County Fair (OH) -- The Lorain County Fair will be serving alcohol for the first time ever this summer. The County Fair Board approved a beer garden to be at the fairgrounds on the east side of the grandstand. The garden is expected to be about a 1,200- to 1,600-square-foot fenced-in area with landscaping and entertainment as well as a tented area. It will be open from 4 to 11 p.m . . . more -->

03/01 -- CMLC to lead redevelopment of Stampede land in east Victoria Park -- The city-owned corporation that led the redevelopment of the East Village will now oversee the transformation of more than 12 hectares of land belonging to the Calgary Stampede in east Victoria Park. The Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC) has signed an agreement to market and develop land south of 12th Avenue S.E., near the entry to Stampede Park . . . more -->

03/01 -- Uinta County Fairgrounds snafu no big deal, officials say -- Questions have been raised over the purchase of panels to replace the damaged ones at the Uinta County Fairgrounds rodeo arena. Following an anonymous tip to the Herald, Uinta County Public Works Director Clay Baird was able to shed light on the situation. An ad hoc committee made up of stakeholders — members from the fair board, Cowboy Days committee and others who use the arena and grounds — has been appointed to oversee the repairs at the rodeo grounds. They were appointed to monitor the corrections and modifications . . . more -->

02/27 -- Popular attraction at Tazewell County Fair still happening -- The demolition derby at the Tazewell County Fair is a popular attraction each summer. But throughout the community, folks are hearing the derby is being done away with all together. Some of those worried about the derby, are the drivers. JR Mitchell says he’s been a driver in the demolition derby for 16 years and it’s his passion . . . more -->

02/25 -- Reg Ash Takes Over Western Fair District Reins As CEO At A Pivotal Moment -- Western Fair District welcomed its fourth Chief Executive Officer Reg Ash who takes over control of the racecourse at a pivotal point of its development. Mr. Ash would have the main responsibility to bring innovation to the location and facilitate its future development. Now that a casino venue would not be part of the operation on site, adjustments to the operation plan would have to be introduced . . . more -->

02/25 -- Where on Cal Expo property could a homeless shelter go? Potential site revealed -- Sacramento city officials are proposing that a Cal Expo parking lot at the southeast end of Ethan Way near the RV park as a potential site for a 100-bed Sprung tent homeless shelter. The city is offering to pay $1,625 per month – or $19,500 a year – to the California Exposition & State Fair, which owns the lot, according to a Jan. 25 letter from Assistant City Manager Chris Conlin to Cal Expo CEO Rick Pickering . . . more -->

02/22 -- $22 million improvement plan part of bright future for Clay County Fairgrounds (FL) -- The Clay County tourism department estimates 20,000 people attend the Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival and the Clay County Fair. The county plans on making improvements to the fairgrounds to attract more events and groups. The sound of bagpipes could be heard in the Cattlemen’s Arena as the final preparations are made for the Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival . . . more -->

02/19 -- Mohave County Fairgrounds opens naming rights for buildings -- With all the events that take place at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, many local businesses jump at the chance to advertise with the venue that hosts the Mohave County Fair, various rodeos, and gun shows throughout the year. Now that the fairgrounds has opened up naming rights for numerous buildings, hallways and rooms, that deal just got a whole lot sweeter . . . more -->

02/19 -- Report recommends turning over Kitsap County fair to nonprofit -- Fairgoers can expect some changes to the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede this year, as the county works on short-term and long-term strategies to keep the fair up and running. The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners hired KCS Consulting last year to complete a long-term sustainability study on the fair and rodeo . . . more -->

02/12 -- Benton fairgrounds (OR) changes move ahead -- The Benton County Fair Board voted 7-0 Monday night to take the next step on preliminary plans for major changes to the county fairgrounds, including converting the dirt-floored Benton Arena to a concrete-floored exhibition hall — despite ongoing opposition from dog and horse groups. Specifically, the vote directed consultants working on an update of the fairgrounds master plan to develop a more detailed version of one of two conceptual proposals for presentation to the Benton County Board of Commissioners . . . more -->

02/12 -- New barn at Coos County Fairgrounds (OR) to be completed this summer -- Construction kicked off last month to assemble a new livestock barn at the Coos County Fairgrounds in Myrtle Point. The new barn is estimated to be completed by June 30, a few weeks prior to the 2019 Coos County Fair & Rodeo. According to Coos County Fair board member Daris Bouthillier, the barn, which began as a multi-purpose indoor arena, was scaled back from its original concept last fall due to unforeseen costs and time restrictions . . . more -->

02/12 -- Newton County Fair (IN) Board receives county's blessing for infrastructure improvements -- The Newton County Fair Board received the blessing from the Newton County Commissioners and the Newton County Council to move forward in asking for funding for needed infrastructure upgrades at the fairgrounds. Shane Storey of the Newton County Fair Board is requesting $169,947 for a complete overhaul of the electrical system that would also create a new campground area for 80 campers . . . more -->

02/12 -- Minnesota State Fair approves $16.3 million for new exhibit complex -- Nearly $20 million in improvements and maintenance projects for the Minnesota State Fairgrounds were approved by the Fair’s board of managers during meetings in January. The board approved $16.3 million in capital work—$16 million of which is earmarked for a major new exhibit complex on the North End of the fairgrounds, as well as $3.4 million in maintenance projects . . . more -->

02/12 -- Iowa State Fair vendors ordered to take credit cards by 2020 -- Starting next year, those pork chops on a stick can be bought with a card. The Iowa State Fair has confirmed that it will require all food and drink vendors to accept credit and debit card payments beginning in 2020. "It's something that we are asking vendors to universally implement," said Mindy Williamson, marketing director for the Iowa State Fair. "The vendors have the option to implement it this year, but it's not required until 2020 . . . more -->

02/11 -- Effingham County Fair offering special vehicle plates -- Special event license plates are now available to order for passenger cars and B trucks commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Effingham County Fair this summer. The Effingham County Fair board will only have a total of 100 sets of plates available to order, bearing numbers 1-100 . . . more -->