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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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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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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WSF Endowment Information and BBQ

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

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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.

For more information about the Wyoming State Fair, please visit http://www.wystatefair.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/TheWyomingStateFair.

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Local Rodeo Entries Being Accepted by State Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

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.

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Wyoming State Fair Endowment

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

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.

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2018 Wyoming State Fair Schedule

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

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.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCHEDULE


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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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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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Early Release for Livestock

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

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.

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Media Contact for the Fair

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

If you need information or media credentials for the Wyoming State Fair, contact Derek Grant at derek.grant@wyo.gov or 307-777-7180

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Visit our Vendors!

 – By Wyoming State Fair Staff

Here is a list of all the vendors who will be attending the Wyoming State Fair. Make sure to go and visit them while you are on the grounds!

VENDOR LIST

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