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Benton County Fairgrounds (WA) Looking At Expansion As Benton-Franklin Fair Celebrates 75th Anniversary

According to county officials, the Benton County Fairgrounds are expanding. This was announced right as the Benton-Franklin Fair, the largest event held at the fairgrounds, celebrates its 75th anniversary.

Cleveland County Fairgrounds (NC) Offering Food Truck Tuesdays

Foodie fans have a chance to sample muscadine slushies, burgers, soul food and donuts at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Each Tuesday, food trucks are rolling in from around 4 to 8 p.m., and people are invited to make it part of their weekly dinner plans.

So Long, Swimsuits: Winnebago County Fair (IL) Drops Swimsuit Competition

Young women competing for the title of Winnebago County Fair Queen will no longer walk across the stadium stage and in front of judges wearing a swimsuit. Fair officials announced Thursday that the swimwear portion of the pageant is going away starting this summer.

New York State Fair To Add An Asian Village Starting In 2023

The New York State Fair is adding an Asian Village to its dedicated spaces that showcase the state’s diverse cultural heritage. The Asian Village will “recognize the contributions, history, and experiences of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities,” according to a news release from the fair.

Indiana State Fair Unveils Unaccompanied Minor Policy, Other Safety Changes

Indiana State Fair returns for its 166th year with new safety measures. Among the restrictions are a new unaccompanied minor policy and an updated bag policy.

Search Begins For New Ohio State Fair General Manager

Governor Mike DeWine announced on Friday that a nationwide search for the next general manager of the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair is now underway. During a joint news conference, Virgil Strickler, who has served as the Expo Center and State Fair’s general manager since 2004, announced that he will retire around the end of the year.

Allamakee County Fair (IA) Organizers See Uptick In Vandalism At Fairgrounds

Allamakee County Fair organizers said they’re seeing an uptick in vandalism in the past couple of weeks at the fairgrounds. Organizers shared photos of some of the damage on social media earlier this week.

Grant County Fairgrounds (WA) Seeking Some Fee Increases For 2024

Grant County Fairgrounds Director Jim McKiernan is proposing a new fee structure for the Grant County Fairgrounds next year that will set minimum stall usage requirements for horse events and raise some fees for commercial and animal-related events.

Indiana County Fairs To Compete In ‘Fight the Hunger, Stock The Trailer’ Food Drive Challenge

Now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, that means that county fair season is fast approaching. That also means the return of a food drive challenge that will put many county fairs against each other in competition with the goal of helping those in need. “We love a good competitive nature contest to make an impact in their community,” says Mallory Butler, Crop Insurance Account Specialist with Farm Credit Mid-America.

Two-Day Fundraising Effort To Restore Columbia County (WI) Grandstand

A non-profit in Portage alongside community members are banding together to refurbish and repair the historic Grandstand at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The Grandstand was built in 1935 as part of the New Deal and is listed as a historic building with the city of Portage as well as landing on the state of Wisconsin historic registry.

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