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 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 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.”
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.
In anticipation of large crowds of tourists coming to Wyoming to view the 2017 Solar Eclipse, FOR ONE YEAR ONLY, livestock will be released early at noon on Saturday, August 19th instead of the normal time on Sunday morning. Along with this, open static exhibits will be released earlier than normal as well at 9 pm on Saturday rather than Sunday morning.