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Vortex Extreme in Douglas

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff


The State of Wyoming and the Wyoming State Fair will be hosts of the 2018 Vortex Extreme - a hunting inspired, team based shooting competition “where endurance and accuracy meet”.  Vortex Optics, Strategic Match Designs and The Wyoming Department of Agriculture have collaborated to bring this event to the Wyoming State Fairgrounds August 10th and 11th, 2018.

Teams of two carrying bolt action or modern sporting rifles will navigate mountain terrain and shoot multiple targets from distances of 400 yards up to 1 mile.  The Vortex Extreme will headquarter at the State Fairgrounds and competition will take place on the spectacular Wagonhound Ranch above Douglas, Wyoming.

“The spirit of this event sets it apart” said Governor Matt Mead, “Hunters and long range shooters challenge themselves, hone their skill and have a good time doing it. I am pleased that Vortex and Strategic Match Designs have partnered with the Wyoming State Fair and the Wagonhound Ranch for this world class event.”

“From long range hunters, to Precision Rifle Series competitors to military and law enforcement snipers – we all love shooting” said Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics.  “This event is about great comradery, helping one another improve and a shared a passion for long-range shooting.”

“I want to thank the Wagonhound for hosting this year’s course,” said Governor Mead.  “Events that support partnerships of private landowners and quality companies create opportunities for everyday sportsmen and sportswomen, agriculture and the state.”

For more information on the competition, check the following link. http://vortexoptics.com/content/vortex_extreme

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Wyoming State Fair Endowment

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair is now accepting donations to the WSF Endowment online, through the mail, and in person at the Wyoming State Fair main office.

The Wyoming State Fair Endowment was passed by the Wyoming Legislature in 2018 with the goal of providing a more stable and consistent funding avenue for the future of the Wyoming State Fair. After more than 100 years of success at the Wyoming State Fair, the WSF Endowment was established to make sure the fair survives and flourishes for the next 100 years.

As part of the legislation, $100,000 was appropriated from the general fund to start the endowment. Donations to the fund from local communities, business, individuals and non-profits are encouraged and will be matched by the Wyoming State Treasurer up to $100,000. Along with this, a penny of every dollar of non-fair time revenue will go into the endowment to help it grow. As the money in the account earns interest, 25% of the funds will go to the Wyoming State Fair to operate the fair and grounds with the remaining 75% being put back into the Endowment to continue building the account. As the account grows, the funds available for the Fair will continue to grow and subsequently, ensure future funding for the Wyoming State Fair.

You can donate to the WSF Endowment online by following this link http://www.wystatefair.com/endowment

If you'd like to donate through the mail, send checks with "Endowment" written in the memo line to P.O. Drawer 10, Douglas, WY 82633

If you want to bring a donation in person, bring them to the WSF main office in Ag Hall at 400 W Center Street in Douglas Wyoming.

For more information, visit http://www.wystatefair.com/endowment or call the Wyoming State Fair at 307-358-2398.

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2018 Wyoming State Fair Schedule

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The schedule of the 2018 Wyoming State Fair which will take place August 15-18, 2018 is now complete and available to the public.

The Wyoming State Fair worked closely with multiple stakeholders including Wyoming FFA and Wyoming 4-H to make sure the schedule would fit their needs. This schedule still includes all of the youth events that make the fair great while creating a more active and busy grounds each day the fair is open.

“This schedule offers more activity on the grounds each official day of the fair,” said James Goodrich, Director of the Wyoming State Fair. “This schedule will provide a more action packed and exciting fair experience while requiring fewer days away from home for exhibitors and vendors from across the state.”

The schedule will also be available on the Wyoming State Fair App soon.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE


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WSF Advisory Board to Meet April 10 in Cheyenne

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Advisory Board will meet in Cheyenne on April 10, 2018 in the Wyoming Department of Agriculture main office.

The Wyoming State Fair Advisory Board meeting is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm and is expected to adjourn around 4:00 pm. During the meeting, the Advisory Board will approve minutes from previous meetings, hear a report on the legislative session, hear a report on the FY 19-20 biennial budget, discuss responsibilities/assignments of current Advisory Board members through the remainder of terms, hear an update on the 2018 Wyoming State Fair schedule, discuss the Rodeo Working Committee, Volunteer Working Committee, and the Judge Committee. Along with this, they will discuss open shows for the 2018 fair, hear updates on non-fair events in 2018, updates on major maintenance requests for facilities, and cover any other business as needed.

There will be a chance for public comment on each day of the meeting and the public is welcome to attend.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is located at 2219 Carey Ave in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For more information, visit www.wystatefair.com.

 

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Condensed Schedule for 2018 Wyoming State Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair is condensing the schedule for the 106th fair from the eight day schedule of past years to an action packed and active four day schedule.

The 2018 Wyoming State Fair will kick off Wednesday, August 15th and will finish strong on Saturday, August 18th.

“The condensed schedule will increase daily activity on the grounds for the duration of the fair while shortening the time away from home for families, vendors, and young people who participate in the fair,” said James Goodrich, Director of the Wyoming State Fair. “We believe it will be easier for youth from across the state to attend and compete at the Wyoming State Fair.”

The full schedule of competitions at the fair is still being finalized, and the goal is to include all of the 4H and FFA competitions that have traditionally been a part of the event. The focus of the Wyoming State Fair continues to be youth competition and the agricultural heritage of Wyoming held in a festive environment.

“We have been working on the schedule and are confident that most competitions that were a part of the fair before will be included in the condensed schedule,” said Goodrich. “Details of the upcoming fair will be finalized soon and we believe the change will maintain festivities, and give attendees fuller days of fair activities while keeping the focus of youth and agricultural related competition.”

Grandstand events and other traditional fair attractions are being finalized along with the schedule and will be announced soon.

“We are excited about this change to the 106th Wyoming State Fair and we look forward to the action packed schedule for this summer,” said Goodrich. “We believe this change is moving in a positive direction for Wyoming State Fair and will be the beginning of developing a more exciting and busy event in the coming years.”

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WSF Listening Session Report

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

Earlier this year, the Wyoming State Fair hosted listening sessions throughout the state of Wyoming to hear the thoughts, concerns, ideas, and priorites from interested citizens from across the state regarding the future of the Wyoming State Fair. With the budget challenges the Wyoming State Fair currently faces, we wanted to visit with citizens across the state to better understand their priorities in these difficult financial times. Below you will find links to the final report and a the raw data obtained from the sessions and through email. This information will be used to help plan future events and continue the tradition of the Wyoming State Fair.

Listening Session Report

Listening Session Data

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WSF Advisory Board to Meet Oct 17-19

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Advisory Board will meet in Douglas on October 17-19th, 2017 on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds to discuss the 2017 Wyoming State Fair and attend the Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee meeting.

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Wyoming State Fair Listening Session Questionnaire

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair is hosting listening sessions throughout the state to learn more about what citizens from Wyoming want to see at the Wyoming State Fair in the coming years. As part of that effort, we are asking that attendees fill out the following questionnaire for us to capture more thoughts. If you were not able to attend one of the sessions, please fill out the following form and send it to derek.grant@wyo.gov by October 11, 2017. In order for the submission to count, it must be sent before October 11 and you must include your location and date. We look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Questionnaire Word Document

Questionnaire PDF

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Statewide Listening Sessions Schedule Set

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair will be meeting with the community throughout the state in listening sessions in September and October designed to gather input from citizens about the annual event.

A list of the listening sessions with cities, dates, times and locations is as follows:

  • Lusk, Wed. Sept 13, 7:00 pm, Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium
  • Wheatland, Thu. Sept 14, 7:00 pm, Platte County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
  • Evanston, Mon. Sept 18, 7:00 pm, Uinta County Fairgrounds Roderick Hall
  • Afton, Tues. Sep 19, 7:00 pm, Lincoln County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
  • Rock Springs, Sept 20, 7:00 pm, Sweetwater Events Complex, Meeting Room
  • Riverton, Sept 21, 7:00 pm, Fremont County Fairgrounds Heritage Hall
  • Rawlins, Sep 25, 7 pm,  Carbon County Fairgrounds Multi-Plex
  • Basin, Sep 26, 7 pm, Big Horn County Fairgrounds Office
  • Powell, Sep 27, 7 pm, Park County Fairgrounds Events Center Conference Room
  • Buffalo, Sep 28, 7 pm, Johnson County Fairgrounds
  • Newcastle, Oct 2, 7pm, Weston County Event Center
  • Laramie, Oct 3, 7 pm, Albany County Fairgrounds
  • Cheyenne, Oct 4, 7 pm, Laramie County Fairgrounds Building M
  • Torrington, Oct 5, 7 pm,  Goshen County Fairgrounds Meeting Room
  • Casper, Oct 9, 7 pm,  Central Wyoming Fairgrounds Indoor Arena Classrooms
  • Sundance, Oct 10, 7 pm,  Crook County Fairgrounds
  • Gillette, Oct 11, 7 pm,  CamPlex Energy Hall Conference Rooms

These listening sessions are designed to hear the thoughts, concerns, and ideas from interested citizens from across the state regarding the future of the Wyoming State Fair. During these sessions, members of the Wyoming State Fair staff and representatives from both the Wyoming Board of Agriculture and the Wyoming State Fair Advisory Board will attend in order to facilitate the discussions. With the budget challenges the Wyoming State Fair currently faces, the goal of these sessions is to visit with citizens across the state to better understand their priorities for the fair in these difficult financial times.

“We strive to provide the best Fair possible each year by focusing on youth competition, family friendly entertainment, and affordable prices,” said James Goodrich, Director of the Wyoming State Fair. “Our goal is to come away from these sessions with a better understanding of what citizens, and especially attendees/participants of the Wyoming State Fair find important so we can continue to provide the best service we can to fairgoers.”

All of these sessions are open to the public and the public is encouraged to come and share their ideas.

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Listening Sessions in Lusk and Wheatland

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair will be meeting with the community throughout the state in listening sessions designed to gather input from citizens about the annual event. The first two meetings will happen in Lusk on September 13 and Wheatland on September 14, 2017.

The listening session in Lusk will take place on Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium and the Wheatland session will take place on Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Platte County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.


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