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Wyoming State Fair Board to Meet September 4th in Laramie

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board will meet on Wednesday, September 4th in Laramie, Wyoming.

The meeting will take place at the University Of Wyoming College Of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the John A. Hill Conference Room at 10:00 am. During the meetings, the board will formally appoint Courtny Conkle as Wyoming State Fair Manager, review the revised draft of rules, discuss a proposal from a board member, and discuss reporting to the Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee. They will also hear subcommittee reports from the State Fair Operations, Finance/Budget, Personnel and Rules, Facility, Marketing/Promotion/Planning Events, and Endowment subcommittees, hear an update from the interim manager, and cover any other business as needed. There will be an opportunity for public comment during the meeting.

Times are tentative and subject to change without notice.  If the Board finishes one topic they will proceed to the next topic.

The University Of Wyoming College Of Agriculture and Natural Resources is located at 1000 E. University in Laramie, WY. The John A. Hill Conference Room is in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources building in room #137. For and agenda for this meeting, CLICK HERE. For more information on the Wyoming State Fair Board, 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.

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Public Invited to Shape Future of the Wyoming State Fair and Fairgrounds

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board is soliciting input and ideas from Wyoming residents, through a state-wide on-line survey, that will be used to improve the attractiveness of, participation in, and attendance at the annual Wyoming State Fair and the year-round events staged at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds.


“The Wyoming State Fair is a celebration of all things Wyoming.” said Joe Rankin, Fair Board Chairman.  “The Fair showcases our pride in our heritage, agriculture, industry, youth, entrepreneurs, artists, and more.  The input from Wyoming residents is an important part of the Board’s planning for future Fair and Fairground events and facilities.”

The on-line survey is available here.  The survey will be available until October 1, 2019 for input.

The Wyoming State Fair celebrated its 107th run August 13 to 17, 2019.  The Fairgrounds are used for a variety of events and activities throughout the year, such as Wyoming Boys’ State, 4-H State competitions, state and regional horse shows, high school rodeo, and RV rallies, as well as local meetings, banquets, and youth sports events.

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Courtny Conkle Named Manager of the Wyoming State Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff


The Wyoming State Fair Board is pleased to announce that Courtny Conkle has been named Manager of the Wyoming State Fair.

With deep roots in the fair community, Conkle brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective to the Wyoming State Fair. As someone who grew up in a fair family who runs concession businesses, she received an extensive and hands-on education by attending more than 300 fairs across 20 states with her parents before she was 16 years old. In her professional career, she has managed a 64-acre facility, as well as livestock and exhibits for the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in Petaluma California where she went on to be named Interim Chief Executive Officer and Fair Manager. Most recently, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lake County Fair where she supervised 250 employees and 400 volunteers and oversaw the grounds and events year-round.

“Courtny’s background in the fair industry and her professional accomplishments will be an amazing asset to the Wyoming State Fair as we move forward in the coming years,” said Joe Rankin, Wyoming State Fair Board Chairman. “Her love of fairs, drive, and varied experience in this industry will be a guiding force as we continue to improve the State Fair in both fair and non-fair times of the year.”

Conkle has been a member of the Western Fairs Association (WFA) Board of Directors, International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (IAFE) Young Professionals Initiative Chairwoman, WFA Blue Ribbon Foundation Board Liaison, and is currently a student in the IAFE Institute of Fair Management, which she will graduate from at the annual IAFE Convention in December.

“As someone who grew up in and around fairs, I’m excited to bring my skill set, passion for the fair industry, and deep love for agriculture to Wyoming,” said Conkle. “It has always been a goal of mine to manage a State Fair and stepping in as Manager of the Wyoming State Fair Manager is a dream come true.”

The 2019 Wyoming State Fair is currently underway and will run through the Saturday, August 17th in Douglas, Wyoming.

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Wyoming State Fair Board to Meet Each Day of Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board will meet each morning of the Wyoming State Fair from August 13-17 in Douglas, Wyoming.

The meetings will take place on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in the Ag Hall Conference Room at 7:15 am and are scheduled to adjourn at 8:00 am each morning. During the meetings, the board will hear updates on, and discuss the Wyoming State Fair event. They will cover any other business as needed and there will be an opportunity for public comment each morning. The Wyoming State Fair Board does not expect to reach quorum during these meetings so each meeting is anticipated to be informational only.

Times are tentative and subject to change without notice.  If the Board finishes one topic they will proceed to the next topic.

The Wyoming State Fairgrounds is located at 400 W. Center St. in Douglas, Wyoming. For more information on the meeting or more information on the Wyoming State Fair Board, visit http://www.wystatefair.com/news or 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.

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Public Invited to Shape Future of the Wyoming State Fair and Fairgrounds

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board NEEDS YOUR HELP! We are soliciting input and ideas from Wyoming residents, through a state-wide on-line survey, that will be used to improve the attractiveness of, participation in, and attendance at the annual Wyoming State Fair and the year-round events staged at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds! Click the following link to take the survey before it closes on October 1, 2019! CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

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