PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — The 2020 edition of “Mississippi's Giant Houseparty” is being canceled because of concern about the coronavirus pandemic.
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — The Pinal County Fair scheduled for next week has been canceled due to precautions about the coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers posted a message on the fair's website...
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man and a 2-year-old girl who were reported missing have been confirmed dead after an SUV was found submerged in the Umpqua River northwest of...
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford woman crowned 2019 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen will keep her title but won't be allowed to perform duties associated with the honor.
DUDLEY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff's office is reviewing an incident captured on video that showed a deputy punching a woman he was trying to remove from the county fair.
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — After nearly 70 years, the Morgan County Fair won't occur this year in Alabama.
WAFF-TV reports the Morgan County Fairgrounds in Decatur has been on the market for more...
COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the drowning death of a man who fled from police on an ATV.
The KBI said in a news release Monday the man drowned...
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Brett Hearn won't forget his first race at Orange County Fair Speedway. Hey, when you're a 16-year-old junior in high school, it has to be etched in the memory, even if it...
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An accident involving a ride that derailed on the last night of the Benton County Fair and injured at least two has prompted a state investigation.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — One Oregon county fair is setting up a "free-expression area," with restrictions on bullhorns, signs and sound systems.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A giant stuffed pig found at a Southern California train station is a carnival prize that was apparently too much to handle.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gun rights activists say they are focusing on Idaho's county fairs to ensure state law that allows adults to carry weapons on public land is followed.
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — The Neshoba County Fair has long been a place for Mississippi politicians to engage in drama, hyperbole, and their own form of comedy as they try to win favor with...
BRADYS BEND, Pa. (AP) — A cat in western Pennsylvania is bucking stereotypes with its love of swimming.
Tissy is an orange Maine Coon who regularly cools off in the family pool in Bradys...
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Candidates for Mississippi governor spoke to rowdy crowds Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair — one of the biggest political gatherings in a rural state where stump...
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Two attorneys running for Mississippi lieutenant governor agreed on some policy issues but traded insults during speeches Wednesday at one of the state's biggest...
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi political speeches at the Neshoba County Fair (all times local):
A Democrat running for Mississippi secretary of state is...
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — The Southern country-rock group Confederate Railroad lost a second summer fair gig after objections over the use of the Confederate flag in its logo.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Watermelons are set to replace piglets in an annual event celebrating agriculture at a California fair.
The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the Sonoma County...
ELEANOR, W.Va. (AP) — The Putnam County Fair is starting up this weekend.
Fair organizers say the festivities begin Saturday at Eleanor Park and will last until July 20.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Health officials in Southern California believe a fifth case of E. coli is linked to the same fairgrounds a toddler visited before dying.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair karaoke contest is returning this summer, and the winner will get to perform on the fair's biggest stage.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The Kern County Fair has canceled its September poultry show and live exhibits due to the outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease in California.
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Safety is on stage, months before the next Lake County Fair.
County commissioners have hired a contractor to come up with a plan to bury power lines at the...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is proposing the state spend $30 million toward a planned $90 million expansion of the Alliant Energy Center's exposition hall in Madison.
FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Lexa Kessler is making an 88-county dent in her bucket list.
The 24-year-old Hancock County woman knocked off a major task in early September with a trip to the Geauga County Fair. Over the past four summers, she has visited all 88 county fairs in Ohio, as well as the Ohio State Fair.
"I didn't think I'd ever get it done. I thought years from now I'd be like, 'Oh, I should have finished that', so I'm glad I did," she said.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say seven riders were rescued from a stuck Ferris wheel at a New Jersey county fair.
Gloucester Township police say they were called to assist the fire department after the malfunction was reported Saturday at the Camden County Fair.
Police say the occupied seats were at various heights, with one at the top "approximately 40 feet (12 meters) off the ground." The Blackwood Fire Company told NJ.com that about six of the riders were children.
MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — As spectators approached the grandstand at the Crawford County Fair, they were greeted by the unmistakable — and inescapable — high-pitched buzz of a chain saw biting into wood.
The message needed no interpretation: "Don't try this at home," the whine of the Makita 5600 seemed to scream.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A lamb named Henry fetched $162 per pound at an Oregon auction where lambs were generally going for $7 a pound.
What made Henry such a prize at the Umatilla County Fair is he was raised by Maddy Thomas, an 11-year-old girl from Echo who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year. The $23,200 will help her family cover continuing medical-related expenses.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's prime time for Tennessee's local fairs, and state agriculture officials say more than 3 million people visit the fairs every year.
The Agriculture Department said fairs last year paid out more than $1 million in premiums for more than 200,000 agricultural exhibits.
The agency says Tennessee's 60 agricultural fairs are run independently, with about 18,000 volunteers statewide.
WELLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — A coalition opposed to the sale of Confederate flags at a county fair in northeast Ohio has posted billboards objecting to those sales.
Jeanine Donaldson, executive director of the Elyria and Lorain YWCAs, said the Fair-minded Coalition of Lorain County has posted three billboards in Lorain County with funding from the Lorain YWCA, The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reported.
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — As quickly as it came, it left. Within just four hours, the carnival rides, games and ticket booths at the Klamath County Fair were folded up and packed away as the crew prepared to make their next jump to Reno.
DENVER (AP) — Seven cases of salmonella have been identified among people who attended the Arapahoe County Fair and associated events last month.
According to an Arapahoe County news release, the Tri-County Health Department, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Arapahoe County are investigating.
The source of the salmonella has not been identified. The fair was held July 21 to July 29.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Fair officials are asking the operators of the state's 52 county fairs to discourage the selling or displaying of items that could offend fairgoers or pose public safety concerns.
Although the state Department of Agriculture and Markets' message doesn't specifically mention Confederate flags, Thursday's letter from Commissioner Richard Ball was sent just days after a group urged county fairs to prohibit sales or displays of the banners.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Republican Party wants an investigation into a promotion by Fayette County Democrats at the recent county fair to get people to register as Democrats or change party affiliation.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 3-year-old girl was injured when she fell off a ride at the Benton County Fair.
KOIN-TV reports that the Benton County Sheriff's Office said the toddler was alone on a ride that spins in a circle when a lap restraint failed to hold her securely. It happened on Friday night.
The girl fell a short distance and was not seriously hurt.
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Some of the bunnies bumbled. Some of rabbits raced. And all of about 25 hopped through an agility course at the Stearns County Fair last month.
Four years ago, the kids who knew the most about rabbits in Stearns County formed its first 4-H rabbit agility project.
Quinn Czeck, 15, was one of those founding members who started, and remains, with the Rabbit Knowledge Bowl team.
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican governor said he's satisfied he chose the right person to temporarily fill a U.S. Senate seat, even while acknowledging that some of his own supporters passionately disagree with his decision.
Gov. Phil Bryant spoke to hundreds of people Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair, an annual gathering known as "Mississippi's Giant House Party."
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Two likely candidates for Mississippi governor in 2019 exchanged verbal jabs Wednesday at one of the state's biggest annual gatherings.
Speaking at the Neshoba County Fair, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Mississippi is thriving under GOP leadership, while Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said the state economy is faltering as Republicans give tax cuts to out-of-state corporations.
KASSON, Minn. (AP) — Kasson promoter Mark Houston has always enjoyed the gladiatorial simplicity of demolition derbies.
Cars growling around in a mud pit smashing into each other. Crowds roaring their approval for the big crunching hit, for the driver exhibiting reckless abandon.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A county fair in southwest Ohio has seen a huge increase in attendance following a location move.
According to the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, 27,000 people attended the Montgomery County Fair this year at the new fairgrounds in Jefferson Township. That's about 13,000 more attendees than last year.
The fairgrounds had spent over 160 years in Dayton before the move.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A western Colorado fair says it will continue with a scheduled performance featuring live grizzly bears despite protests from animal advocates.
Mesa County Fair Board President Kyle Carstens says all acts are verified and reputable through the fair association.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA sent a letter to Mesa County Fair organizers earlier this month citing safety and animal welfare concerns on its performance.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The speaker of the New York state Assembly plans to tour the Olana State Historic Site as part of his annual upstate tour.
Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie is scheduled to visit the historic property in Columbia County on Tuesday. The Hudson Valley estate was the home of Frederic Edwin Church, a major 19th century landscape portraitist.
Last week Heastie traveled to the North Country, where he attended a county fair and visited areas impacted by last year's floods.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials of a mid-Missouri county fair decided to drop this year's theme over concerns that it sounded too much like the "Make America Great Again" slogan popularized by President Donald Trump.
The board of the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair announced Monday the theme — "Making It Great Again" — would be removed from the fair's social media and will be covered on already-printed tickets and flyers.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The speaker of the New York state Assembly is heading to the North Country as part of his annual upstate tour.
Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie is scheduled to make stops Tuesday along Lake Ontario, where he'll visit areas impacted by floods in 2017. He'll also tour the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site and attend the Jefferson County Fair in Watertown.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana woman who started a needlework project in 1978, aiming to enter it in her county's fair, has finally finished the artwork 40 years later.
Monroe County resident Jill Campbell began working on the needlework depicting Santa Claus and his elves in Santa's workshop after the birth of her first child.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a visitor at an Indiana county fair caught the flu from an animal, probably a pig.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it's the first human case of the H3N2 flu in Indiana since 2013 and the first in the U.S. this year. The victim is recovering. No other details were released.
State health officials say humans can get the flu if they're too close to an infected pig. It can't be transmitted by eating pork.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster is considering teaming up with the Arizona Rangers to provide more law enforcement for events like the county fair.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is moving to loosen its rules for amusement rides for events such as county fairs a year after lawmakers strengthened regulations in the wake of a boy's death on a waterslide.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Squeals and screams erupt as Ibby Rodgers and Zoie Wagner carry their new pigs into a barn on Des Moines' south side.
The feeder pigs, each roughly the size of a corgi, are the latest arrivals at the Des Moines Public Schools' teaching farm.
Over the next few months, two students from Central Campus' animal science classes will feed and water the pigs — and muck out their stalls — until the animals reach more than 250 pounds.