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02/20 -- Woman who gave birth at Florida State Fair receives lifetime pass -- Newborn baby Lyric Love Robinson received a unique gift for Valentine’s Day — tickets for life to the Florida State Fair, where her mother gave birth to her right on the Midway on Feb. 9. Kesha Martin and her husband, Lavaron Robinson, were watching their children ride rides at the fair when Martin’s water suddenly broke . . . more -->

02/16 -- L.A. County Fair won't raise ticket prices and will offer food discounts to draw visitors -- Hoping to reverse last year's drop in attendance, the Los Angeles County Fair is giving visitors a break on ticket and food prices. The fair announced it won't raise daily ticket prices when it opens at the Fairplex in Pomona in August. In addition, the fair's vendors will offer discount prices for some traditional food items and will no longer charge extra for special fair exhibits . . . more -->

02/16 -- Security, safety major priorities for Riverside County Fair -- The Riverside County Fair and Date Festival starts Friday. From ride inspections to having mixture of private security and deputies on the grounds, safety is a top priority. For the past two weeks, state inspectors as well as inspectors with the ride company Butler Amusements have been testing the rides to make sure they are safe . . . more -->

02/15 -- Elkhart County 4-H Fair board (IN) reveals proposed master plan -- Elkhart County 4-H Fair officials revealed the proposed master plan for fairground expansion at a board meeting Wednesday. The master plan drafting began in April 2017, and is currently in the second phase or “preferred scenario analysis,” taking into account estimates of operating financial performance, development, a conceptual plan and discussion of implementation, among other areas of study. “Camping needs to be brought up to snuff . . . more -->

02/15 -- New public address system to be installed at Pipestone County Fairgrounds (MN) -- A public address system that will be installed at the Pipestone County Fairgrounds prior to this year’s fair could be used to warn fairgoers of severe weather and help find missing children. It was a storm that rolled in during the fair a few years ago that prompted the county to consider adding the amenity . . . more -->

02/15 -- Big changes coming to the Austin County Fair (TX) -- The Austin County Fair Association announced some big changes for the 91st Annual County Fair during a Jan. 30 event. Most prominently, the Fair will extend to a 10-day event. The dates for the 2018 Austin County Fair will be Oct. 5-14. While the planning committee is still working on a final schedule, an important event change is the Austin County Fair Queen competition will move from Thursday evening to the evening of the first Saturday (Oct. 6). According to Fair President Robert Winkelmann . . . more -->

02/14 -- Grimmway Farms Invests In Edible Education, Future Workforce -- Grimmway Farms, a global produce leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots, has announced its support and partnership for a new Kern County initiative, “KC’s Farm,” an edible educational garden taking root at the Kern County Fairgrounds. At a groundbreaking ceremony featuring business, education and nonprofit leaders on February 7, Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby pledged the company’s ongoing support for educating the next generation of students and customers . . . more -->

02/12 -- Baby born at Florida State Fair -- Talk about a memorable trip to the Florida State Fair. One moment, a mom-to-be was enjoying the day with her family. The next moment, her water broke and there was no time to get to the hospital. Kesha Martin gave birth right in the middle of the fairgrounds. And, she tells FOX 13 she owes so much to a couple of Hillsborough County deputies in the right place at the right time who helped deliver her baby . . . more -->

02/09 -- Swine entries push limits of Red Willow County Fair (NE) facilities -- The immediate need is for more space for pigs. Members of the Red Willow County 4-H Council told the county’s fair board Wednesday evening that the number of swine entries at the county fair continues to rise, and some changes are necessary to accommodate not only the growing number of hogs, but to keep all the animals comfortable in the hot Nebraska summer . . . more -->

02/08 -- Groundbreaking ceremony held for new farm at Kern County Fairgrounds -- A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Kern County Fairground on Wednesday for a new farm. The project is a part of a partnership between the Kern County Fair and local schools. The new farm will offer students from those schools a chance to learn about raising beds for crops . . . more -->

02/08 -- Flathead County Fair Board rescinds opposition to Bigfork Rodeo -- The Flathead County Fair Board rescinded its opposition Wednesday to Bigfork hosting a professional rodeo this summer. The community’s request to host a rodeo July 6-7 was rejected by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in January after the Flathead County Fair Board and county commissioners objected over concerns about competition with the fair rodeo in Kalispell in August . . . more -->

02/07 -- York Fair (PA) in the summertime? It might happen -- Pig races, duckling slides, goat mountains and deep-fried gummy bears … in the summer? Yes, it's possible, according to York Expo Center CEO Michael Froehlich. After 75 years of being held in September, York Fair management is considering moving the York Fair – a more than 250-year tradition – to a new date in July or August . . . more -->

02/06 -- Wilson County Fair (TN) picks new ride provider -- The Wilson County Fair has signed a contract with a different carnival company to provide rides starting in 2018, according to an announcement Monday. Reithoffer Shows will provide rides, games and some food for the Wilson County Fair through 2020, according to the agreement . . . more -->

02/05 -- King's reign ending: Wood County Fair (OH) fixture stepping away from manager's role -- Dick King's reign at the Wood County Fair office should have been over last year. That was his plan for more than a year. Although he is no longer a full-time employee of the Wood County Agricultural Society, he is still active three days a week at the helm of the fair office as he trains Teri Blackford as the new secretary for the office and the board . . . more -->

02/05 -- Twin Falls County Fair (ID) Foundation working towards $40 million event center -- "What we're trying to build is a multi-purpose event center," said John Pitz, the fair manager. "It'll be 5,000 seats, concrete floor, be able to haul dirt out after livestock events." The event center is a $40 million project. The fair foundation is expecting a $30 million grant from the Global Peace Partners Foundation . . . more -->

02/02 -- Five Year-Round Reasons to Visit the L.A. County Fairgrounds -- You might think the season for the Los Angeles County fairgrounds begins and ends in September, with the run of the actual fair. But there's more to the so-called "Fairplex" than meets the eye. Sure, the fairgrounds have been home to the LA County Fair since 1922, but they also host a number of other large-scale, special events throughout the year . . . more -->

02/02 -- Contra Costa Fairgrounds (CA) Takes on New Name -- As part of a re-branding and improvements of the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds the Board of Directors have approved a new facility name and logo. As of February 1st, we are the CONTRA COSTA EVENT PARK, Home of the Contra Costa County Fair. Over the next year you will see signage change, improvements to the facility, and a new 8,000 sq ft event venue become available for community events. CEO Brengle stated that there will be lots of changes taking place at the fairgrounds over the next few years . . . more -->

02/01 -- Central Wisconsin Fairgrounds to get 'campus master plan' -- Plans to develop a "campus master plan" for the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Marshfield are moving forward. That's according to Justin Casperson, Parks and Rec. Director for the City of Marshfield, who says MSA Professional Services will do the study which was prompted by some recent construction at the fairgrounds . . . more -->

01/30 -- Mesa County Fairgrounds (CO) now home to Wagner Rents Pavilion -- A third building at the Mesa County Fairgrounds now has a named sponsor. The Mesa County Commission on Monday approved the Wagner Rents Pavilion, a covered horse arena, under a five-year agreement that will save the fairgrounds more than $36,000. The fairgrounds offered naming rights to five equipment-rental companies in exchange for free leased equipment annually at the fair. Wagner Rents the Cat Rental Store agreed to the offer and included a two-hour response time for all needed repairs . . . more -->

01/29 -- New director has progressive vision for Nebraska State Fair -- New Nebraska State Fair Director Lori Cox said it’s a “great honor to be a part of Nebraska.” Earlier this month, the Nebraska State Fair board named Cox as the new director. She replaces Joseph McDermott, who retired after serving the State Fair for more than 30 years. Cox has more than 26 years of strategic leadership and marketing experience, and 12 years in the fair industry. Before coming to the Nebraska State Fair, Cox served as general manager of the Big Sky Country State Fair in Bozeman, Mon. She has also worked for the Western Idaho Fair and Montana State Fair . . . more -->