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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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Swine Show Information for Tuesday

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Youth Breeding Swine Show, Champion of Champions Market Swine Show, and Pen of 5 Market Swine Show will take place on TUESDAY, August 15 at 3:00 pm. Good luck to all the competitors!

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Changes in Home Arts at the Wyoming State Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Home Arts categories at the Wyoming State Fair have undergone a few changes this year and have been reduced one day. Click "read more" for more information about needlework, crafts, culinary, painting, drawing and gardening.


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New App for the Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair now has an app. To download, go to the App Store or the Android Market and search "Wyoming State Fair."

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