State fairs

Dallas Stars fans get hyped in the midway outside the Cotton Bowl before the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
January 01, 2020 - 4:58 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Clare chewed on a turkey leg as he milled about the Texas state fairgrounds hours before another major sporting event inside historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. No, this wasn't the Texas-Oklahoma football game, always held in October during the fair. Clare has been to the annual Red...
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October 04, 2019 - 4:41 am
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina fair is moving to guard against an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease similar to one that occurred at another fair last month. A spokeswoman for the Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem says officials have banned the use of mist fans and are telling...
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August 21, 2019 - 7:19 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man who recorded what he says was the abuse of a show pig at the Iowa State Fair earlier this month has been banned from the fair for life. Wheaten Mather tells the Des Moines Register that he and a friend were at the fair Aug. 8 when he saw a boy hitting a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2007, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann, flip pork chops in the Iowa Pork Producers tent at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. The state fair, a quadrennial presidential prerequisite stop, is a cultural obstacle course more fraught with pitfalls than opportunities to sway the narrow band of voters who will attend the kickoff caucuses in less than six months. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
August 08, 2019 - 12:20 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's time for the Iowa State Fair, home of deep-fried everything, a dish called "hot beef sundaes"— and every four years, presidential candidates. Starting Thursday, more than 20 Democratic White House hopefuls will navigate the festival of nutritionally questionable snacks...
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July 25, 2019 - 12:13 pm
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York county fair appearance by the Southern rock group Confederate Railroad has been scratched after objections over its name and the use of the Confederate flag in its logo. A spokesman for Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan says Thursday the band will not be...
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May 18, 2019 - 10:55 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina State Fair this year marks its 150th anniversary of showcasing the state's agricultural roots. The commemorative event is themed "Prize-Winning Memories" and will be held Oct. 9-20 at Columbia's fairgrounds. WIS-TV reports the fair will present many special...
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October 22, 2018 - 6:36 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The 2018 South Carolina State Fair topped last year's attendance even though Tropical Storm Michael closed the fair for one day. Fair officials said in a news release Sunday night that nearly 444,000 guests attended the 2018 version. That's up more than 16,000 visitors from...
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October 13, 2018 - 7:34 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Record-setting rainfall from remnants of Tropical Storm Sergio closed the Arizona State Fair on Saturday and slowed traffic on a freeway and local streets across metro Phoenix. Fair officials said on Twitter that the closure Saturday afternoon for the rest of the day because of...
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July 24, 2018 - 12:07 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The butter sculpture at this year's Ohio State Fair brings a bit of Christmas in July with a dairy display of key elements from the 1983 film "A Christmas Story," which was partly filmed in Cleveland. In addition to the traditional butter cow and calf, the sculpture unveiled...
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May 07, 2018 - 5:55 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers in Ohio are looking at increasing oversight of amusement park rides after a deadly accident at last year's Ohio State Fair. The proposed changes call on the state to hire more ride inspectors and look for ones who have more professional training. The new legislative...
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