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

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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Wyoming State Fair Board to Meet September 5th in Laramie

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday, September 5th in Laramie, Wyoming.

The special meeting will take place in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie at 9:00 am. During the meeting, the board will elect new officers for the Wyoming State Fair Board. 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 Hilton Garden Inn is located at 2229 Grand Ave. in Laramie, Wyoming. The call in information for the meeting is 1-877-278-2734 and the participation pin number is 795536. 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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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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Media Credentials for the 107 WSF

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

If you are a member of the media and need credentials for the 107th Wyoming State Fair that will take place from Tuesday, August 13 - Saturday, August 17th, contact Derek Grant at derek.grant@wyo.gov.

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Wyoming State Fair Board to Meet July 30

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board will meet Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Douglas, Wyoming.

The meeting will take place on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in the Ag Hall Conference Room at 10:30 am. During the meeting, the board will review the Manager’s personnel decision authority and the Manager’s financial authority, hear subcommittee reports from the State Fair Operations, Finance/Budget, Personnel and Rules, Facility, Marketing/Promotion/Planning Events, and Endowment subcommittees. Along with this, they will hear a report from the Wyoming State Fair Interim Manager on current items and an update on building & grounds. Finally, they will address any other business as needed and provide an opportunity for public comment. Prior to adjournment, there will be an executive session.

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, an agenda, call in information, or more information on the Wyoming State Fair Board, CLICK HERE 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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Local rodeo entries being accepted by State Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

107th Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo is accepting local entries from Wyoming cowboys and cowgirls to participate in the 2019 PRCA Rodeo. Rodeo performances are scheduled for August 16 at the State Fairgrounds. Contestants must be entered by August 1, 2019 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 August 1, 2019. Contestants may enter by contacting the Wyoming State Fair, P.O. Box 10, Douglas, WY 82633 or by calling (307)358-2398.

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Wyoming State Fair Board to Meet July 16

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board will meet Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Douglas, Wyoming.

The meeting will take place on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in the Ag Hall Conference Room at 10:00 am. During the meeting, the board will hear subcommittee reports from the State Fair Operations, Finance/Budget, Personnel and Rules, Facility, Marketing/Promotion/Planning Events, and Endowment subcommittees. Along with this, they will hear a report from the Wyoming State Fair Interim Manager on contracts for services, marketing, capital construction, sponsorship, and buildings & grounds. Finally, they will address any other business as needed and there will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting. There will also be an executive session 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 Wyoming State Fairgrounds is located at 400 W. Center St. in Douglas, Wyoming. For more information on the meeting, an agenda, call in information, CLICK HERE

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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Wyoming State Fair Board to Meet June 4th

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board will meet Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Douglas, Wyoming.

The meeting will take place on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in the Ag Hall Conference Room at 10:00 am. During the meeting, the board will hear a legislative update, a F.A.I.R. Posse update, and hear subcommittee reports from the State Fair Operations, Finance/Budget, Personnel and Rules, Facility, Marketing/Promotion/Planning Events, and Endowment subcommittees. Along with this, they will hear a report from the Wyoming State Fair Interim Manager on current items, capital construction, administration, and building & grounds. Finally, they will address any other business as needed. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of 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 Wyoming State Fairgrounds is located at 400 W. Center St. in Douglas, Wyoming. For more information on the meeting, an agenda, call in information, click here 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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Wyoming State Fair Board seeking applications for new Fair Manager

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board is currently searching for an Executive Manager for the Wyoming State Fair to lead the fair in the coming years.

“We are excited to begin accepting applications for this important position that will drive the success of the Wyoming State Fair into the future,” said Joe Rankin, Chairman of the Wyoming State Fair Board. “While the fair is in good hands this year, we hope to have this position filled quickly with the right person so our new State Fair Manager can have a full year to prepare for the 2020 Wyoming State Fair.”

The Wyoming State Fair Manager reports to the Wyoming State Fair Board and is responsible for the oversight, planning, and management of the Wyoming State Fair, the fairgrounds, and staff throughout the year.  Preference for this position may be given to an applicant with experience and a strong understanding of livestock shows, 4H & FFA, and the fair industry.

The annual Wyoming State Fair takes place each August and is a celebration of all things Wyoming. It is a showcase of our heritage, agriculture, industry, youth, entrepreneurs, artists and more.  As the largest youth competition in the state, the Wyoming State Fair provides educational experiences and exposure to the agriculture industry for the competitors while maintaining a family friendly, affordable event focuses on education and entertainment for all ages. Along with this, the Wyoming State Fair maintains the fairgrounds throughout the year and provides a venue for a wide variety of other events throughout the year.

To learn more about and apply for this position, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming  and search EXMT02-10545-Wyoming State Fair Manager-Douglas.

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Dan Cheney Named Interim Manager of Wyoming State Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board is pleased to announce that Dan Cheney has been named Interim Manager of the Wyoming State Fair while a search is conducted for a full-time Manager.

A Wyoming native, Cheney grew up on a ranch and competed as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association card-carrying steer wrestler. Cheney brings years of experience and expertise in all levels of the fair, festival, and rodeo industries to the Wyoming State Fair. He has served as COO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, president and CEO of Cheyenne Frontier Days, founder/CEO/president of Forbes Capital Business Group Inc., director of global marketing and business development for Pro Equine Group, and general manager of The Show Place Arena in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Dan’s background and accomplishments in this industry will be an incredible asset to the Wyoming State Fair as we plan and prepare for the 2019 Fair,” said Joe Rankin, Wyoming State Fair Board Chairman. “While the Board searches for a full-time manager, we know the 2019 Fair is in good hands with Dan. His expertise and perspective will help make the 2019 Wyoming State Fair a successful and exciting event in this time of transition.”

Cheney has a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wyoming and a MBA from the University of Memphis.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be named Interim Manager of the Wyoming State Fair” said Cheney. “As a Wyoming native, I’m excited to help the State Fair Board bridge the gap to a full-time Manager and be a part of putting on this great event that impacts so many in our State in 2019.”

With an Interim Manager in place, the Wyoming State Fair Board will now start the process of selecting the full-time Manager of the Wyoming State Fair. The permanent Wyoming State Fair Manager is expected to be named following the 2019 Wyoming Sate Fair.

The 2019 Wyoming State Fair will take place on August 13-17, 2019 in Douglas, Wyoming. For more information on the Wyoming State Fair, visit http://www.wystatefair.com/

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WSF Board to Meet April 16

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board will meet Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Douglas, Wyoming.

The meeting will take place on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in the Ag Hall Conference Room and will begin at 10:00 am and is scheduled to adjourn at 11:25 am. During the meeting, the board will approve expenditures, review upcoming sub-committee meeting dates, recess and convene an executive session to consider candidate for Interim State Fair Manager, take necessary action of executive session, and any other business as needed. The Board will have an executive session at 10:15 am and there will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of 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 Wyoming State Fairgrounds is located at 400 W. Center St. in Douglas, Wyoming. For more information on the meeting, an agenda, call in information, or 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.

 To view the agenda with the call in number and code, CLICK HERE

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Wyoming State Fair Board to Meet March 12th

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

The Wyoming State Fair Board will meet Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 in Douglas, Wyoming.

The meeting will take place on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in the Ag Hall Conference Room and will begin at 10:00 am and is scheduled to adjourn at 3:00 pm. During the meeting, the hear subcommittee reports, hear updates from Wyoming State Fair staff, hear a report on a public information meeting held in Douglas, hear an update from the Wyoming Business Council, and any other business as needed. The Board will have an executive session over lunch and 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. For more information on the meeting, an agenda, call in information, or 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.

Click this link for the agenda

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