The Wyoming State Fair Board will meet for the first time on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 in Douglas, Wyoming.
The first meeting of the newly appointed State Fair Board will take place in Douglas, Wyoming at the Ruthe James Williams Memorial Conference Center on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. During the meeting, the Board will complete Board paperwork, elect a Chairman and Vice-Chairman, hear staff introductions, review legislation and statutes, discuss the Wyoming Board Handbook, hear a budget presentation, discuss priories and set goals for the Board, discuss the State Fair Endowment, discuss a future meeting schedule, and address any other business or issues as needed. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting.
The Wyoming State Fairgrounds is located at 400 W. Center St. in Douglas, Wyoming and the Ruthe James Williams Memorial Conference Center is on the Fair Grounds adjacent to the Wyoming Pioneer Museum. For more information on the Wyoming State Fair Board and the Wyoming State Fair, contact 307-358-2398.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternate formats will be made available for individuals with disabilities upon request in advance of the meeting.
Casey Donahew with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band
– By Wyoming State Fair Staff
The Wyoming State Fair is proud to announce that Texas music sensation Casey Donahew, presented by Anadarko, will perform live in the Ford Grandstands with Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band on Thursday, August 16th at 6:30 pm during the 106th Wyoming State Fair.
Casey Donahew has risen from being a favorite on the local Texas music scene to a nationally popular touring act who has racked up 16 No. 1 singles and consistently sells out venues across the country. With eight independent albums released to critical and commercial acclaim, Casey Donahew is a talented and successful performer. His most recent studio album, All Night Party, reached No. 3 on the Billobard Top Country Albums Chart, No. 13 on the Top Album Sales Chart and Top Current Album Sales Chart and No. 40 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
“At the Wyoming State Fair, we strive to bring stars of country music to Wyoming each year and Casey Donahew is one of the best artists in country music,” said Wyoming State Fair Director James Goodrich. “Through Anadarko’s generous sponsorship, we are excited to host an artist with high energy music, an amazing stage presence, and a personal relationship with his fans during the Wyoming State Fair.”
Sharing the stage with Casey Donahew will be Wyoming’s own Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. Chancey Williams and his “Younger Brothers Band” have relentlessly toured the western United States, developing a rabid fan base not seen from the Cowboy State since Chris Ledoux. As the newly crowned Rocky Mountain CMA Entertainer of the Year, Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers band’s latest album, Rodeo Cold Beer, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Mountain Heatseekers Chart, No. 5 on the Billboard West North Central Heatseekers Chart, and No. 7 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart.
“We are excited to have Casey Donahew and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band on the Wyoming State Fair Stage this year,” said Goodrich. “They both have dedicated fan bases who will pack the grandstands at the State Fair for night of good music and a great show.”
Tickets cost $20.00 and are available now at https://wsf.fairwire.com/ or by calling the Wyoming State Fair office at 307-358-2398.
The Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo is now accepting local entries from Wyoming cowboys and cowgirls to participate in the 2018 PRCA Rodeo. Rodeo performances are scheduled for August 15 and August 17 at the State Fairgrounds. Contestants must be entered by July 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm.
All Wyoming residents 18 years and older are eligible to compete in the State Fair Rodeo. Seven traditional rodeo events are offered (bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, steer roping and girls barrel racing). Contestants must complete proof of insurance and age, entry and liability release forms by 2:00 P.M. on July 30, 2018. Contestants may enter by contacting the Wyoming State Fair, P.O. Box 10, Douglas, WY 82633 or by calling (307)358-2398.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.