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Summer time is “Go to the Fair” time. Get ready for the craft shows, artwork, carnival rides, food, games, live entertainment and concerts galore.

Up Close: From the Editor

I was born and raised in the city which hosted the Missouri State Fair. We lived close enough to watch the nightly fireworksfrom our backyard. Every year on my Dad’s day off, we packed the picnic basket and headed for the fairgrounds for an all day excursion. We parked in the Kathy Barnett / parking lot closest to the carnival because Senior Editor that’s where we would spend our final hours of the evening. As a teen, I worked in our church tent, allowing me free daily admission. During breaks, we were allowed to walk around (straight to the carnival no more having to wait until nightfall) with friends. Oh, I enjoyed other attractions and even won a few blue ribbons at the Home Economics building. I think the prize money back then was less than the cost of ingredients for cookies, or cake, or whatever baked goods were entered. I met some of my favorite celebrities at the fair. My first concert was at the State Fair. Many pleasant memories were created as we enjoyed all the places to go, the things to do, and the people to see. Today, there are over 3200 fairs in North America held each year, according to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, and attendance is still booming. Several draw over a million visitors each year. You’ll still find most of the things you’d have seen at those early fairs today. There is still the chance to show off the best agriculture, livestock, horticulture and other products from that region. But you’ll also find a whole lot more, and part of the appeal is unabashed celebration of sheer quirkiness—where else can you find veggies on steroids, moose-calling contests, butter sculptures, and not just racing pigs, but racing dogs with monkey jockeys? There are rodeos, demo derbys, monster trock pulls, and live musical entertainment to experiences. So pick out your favorite celebrity concert or activity, or contest listed throughout the following pages... And we’ll see you at the fair! Until next month.. Did you create any anew fair memories? Please share with us for a chance to win a weekend getaway for the whole family!


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Column FeaturePlaces to Go:

For the Bargain Hunter

By Sheeree Oney Places to Go Editor

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Column Feature-People to See

American Boy Band O-Town By Lisa Rhoden People to See Editor

With almost 20 years under their belt, the American boy band O-Town is headed back out on the road for their Pop 2000 Tour hosted by Lance Bass of NSYNC along with new music coming this summer. O-Town will be performing at House of Blues: Cambridge Room in Cleveland, OH on Thursday, July 11. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Who says #Throwbacks are only reserved for Thursdays? The group, which originally formed in 2000 on the first season of MTV’s “Making The Band,” will share the stage with pop sensations Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera and Tyler Hilton as they jam to Y2K pop hits. In addition to their Pop 2000 Tour, O-Town will be headlining shows in Columbus, OH and Boston, MA as well as supporting American pop and contemporary R&B vocal group, 98 Degrees, during their stints in Regina, SK and London, Ontario. Their full tour schedule can be found at https://www.otownofficial. com/ O-Town is comprised of Erik-Michael Estrada, Trevor -8- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

Penick, Jacob Underwood, and Dan Miller. During their 2003 hiatus, members ventured on to other solo careers such as acting and pursuing their own musical interests. Miller achieved a degree in graphic design which lead to creating all of the band’s artwork while Underwood received degrees in business management and marketing. Jacob Underwood expressed that their homecoming wasn’t just a reunion, but a “new beginning.”

to share this experience with our fans and fellow Y2K pop guys. Our summer tour is in full swing and we hope to see you out on the road!” As of February 2019, O-Town teamed up with the bachelor’s Colton Underwood to release their heartfelt charity single, “Hello World.” One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation which raises funds to provide equipment and resourses for people of all ages living with cystic fibrosis.

“We’ve been doing this almost 20 years now and we are just as excited to hit the stage as we were in the very beginning,” said O-Town’s very own, Dan Miller. He continues, “We’re thrilled to be able

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Column Feature Things to Do:

By Kandy Derden, Things to Do Editor

Food Fun There’s nothing quite like having company for a week to help you see your home with a fresh perspective, especially the areas you don’t see multiple times a day. In my case, having two young relatives stay with me while their mother recovered from surgery caused me to inspect my closets, drawers and cabinets with a very critical eye. I caught myself trying to reinforce good habits in their daily routine while at the same time rummaging through a cluttered, jumbled mess of various health and beauty aids under the sink in my bathroom. Reality check: so much for “taking that extra two seconds to put it back where it belongs.” The result? I spent two days purging a multi-decade collection of partially used sprays, ointments, creams and lotions. Some were empty, others smelled rancid and a few were dried up. You know it is time to throw them away when they rattle. There were even some tubes of body lotion which had never been opened. It didn’t surprise me there were so many. It did surprise me that I had moved some of them from house to house to house to house . . . (let me stop and count) . . . yep, one more: to house. I found a sample I was given in a mall 21 years ago. I was to use it and be ready to answer some survey questions within two weeks. I don’t remember what I said about it, but I must not have been

too impressed if I never finished using all of it. Then I found an array of OTC products for various ailments – all expired. Don’t forget the collection of used toothbrushes being saved for scrubbing small spaces. Who am I kidding? If it is small enough to need cleaning with a toothbrush, it is too small for anyone to notice the dirt. Besides, I don’t use one of those but about once or twice a year. If I stick to that schedule, I have enough for the next decade and then some! About now, you might be wondering what any of this has to do with traveling. Simple. I have found that a ‘staycation’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After all, projects around the house are WORK! I found myself wishing there was something entertaining to do so I would have an excuse to ignore the work, get out of the house and go somewhere. If there was a festival going on nearby, that would have been perfect. Alas, nothing in our area this week. However, next week is covered and the week after that. Check out all the wonderful

options in this issue. Find something interesting in your area and take the day off! Go. See. Do. All that work you are arguing with yourself about doing or not doing will still be there when you get back. “But who will cook dinner?” you may ask. I’m way ahead of you on this one. Who says it has to be cooked? Here’s a new twist on an old favorite which is also an easy to prepare dish for picnics and cookouts. In this month when patriotism is high, in addition to making a cake with white icing topped with strawberries and blueberries to look like a flag, try this: OLD GLORY DIP In a rectangular dish, layer refried beans, guacamole, salsa, shredded cheddar cheese and then sour cream. Use sliced black olives to fill a small rectangle of the surface in one corner. Then use cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half, and position them to create stripes across the length of the dish. Serve with your favorite chips. Easy to make. Easy to adapt. Easy to transport. Easy to eat. Easy to clean up. In other words, practically perfect in every way. Maybe our surgery patient would appreciate one more day off to recover, so I might take her some when I stop by to deliver a get well basket . After dinner she can relax with some new body lotion. That is, all except the one that rattled. JULY, 2019 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -9-

By Kathleen Walls Guest Publisher American Roads and Global Highways

Glamping on Flor


uppose you love camping but your mate craves luxury hotels. There is a compromise; go glamping. I recently experienced glamping at its best using Glamping Hub and stayed at Headwaters Jupiter, an Eco Retreat on the Loxahatchee River. You would not believe how comfortable residing in three recycled shipping container can be. My friend and I each had our own personal space. It could accommodate eight people so we had lots of room. There are two bedrooms and a small bath upstairs with a fridge and microwave. Downstairs, besides the bedrooms and nice bath, there is a full and well equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room. A two hour kayaking trip at nearby Jupiter Outdoor Center is included. Naturally, the air conditioning and wifi worked perfectly. The containers-turned-luxury-gamping spot boasts an upstairs and downstairs patio where you can sit out and enjoy the view; the Loxahatchee River directly behind the lodging, flowers and trees all around and a campfire and barbecue area in your back yard. Could Heaven be any better? There is so much to see nearby. We explored neighboring Martin County where they pride themselves that there are no high-rises blocking the beach. Nature is important here. One of their best natural attractions is Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The park is named for a shipwrecked Quaker -10- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

merchant who along with his family and others was held captive by local Jobe Indians. Another interesting character associated with the park is Trapper Nelson, the legendary Wild Man of the Loxahatchee’ whose spirit is said to still inhabit his cabin and the park. You usually can tour the cabin but the day we visited the tour was not running. You can bike, hike, ride the equestrian trails or go canoeing and kayaking on the Loxahatchee River. It has an observation tower with a view from Indian River to the Atlantic. The coastal sand hills, upland lakes, and scrub forests unique ecosystems are home to many species of wildlife. We saw two momma sandhill cranes and their babies that seemed unafraid of humans. They paraded around with their chicks and got so close I could almost touch them. The park has a campground, too. Another great natural resource is the Florida Oceanographic Society. It’s located in Stuart, FL on 57-acres on Hutchinson Island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the perfect mix of education and entertainment about sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. You will see everything from stingrays to sharks. The turtle tank is inhabited by sea turtles that cannot be rehabilitated and returned to the sea. Behind the main center, there is a nature walk. For a touch of history mixed with the paranormal take Port Salerno Ghost Tours with Patricia and Patrick Mesmer. Their tours tell of the area’s bloody history. Stories about

You can search for the spirits that still reside there with a special “ghost hunter” lantern, they provide. You can rent other authentic ghost hunting tools to use on the tour. Local legend John Ashley, a Robin Hood style bank robber and bootlegger, is just one of the historic characters you learn about. It is so detailed Patrick showed us a map where John Ashley’s lived. Don Pedro Gilbert, a vicious South American pirate who frequented Martin County, is another story that provided reasonable fodder for a ghost story. The history and authenticity of the tour make it a must see. We visited two very different houses, Mansion at Tuckahoe and the tiny House of Refuge. The Mansion at Tuckahoe sits atop Mt. Elizabeth, a 4,000 year-old Indian mound. Before the present

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mansion it was a pineapple and citrus plantation. In 1936, Atlanta businessman Willaford Leach and his wife Anne Bates Leach, one of the Coca Cola heirs, bought the property and in 1939, built the Mediterranean Revival mansion. They named it “Tuckahoe” for a Native American word meaning “Welcome.” Our docent told us, “Mr. Leach frequently complained about what he considered the unfairly high taxes.” Eventually he sold it to the Catholic Sisters of St. Joseph for a college. The docent told us “He sold it for $75,000.” The fact that churches didn’t have to pay taxes must have figured in that ridiculously low price. The Mansion at Tuckahoe hosts tours at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. every first and third Wednesday of the month from September through

May. The House of Refuge opened in 1876 as the second one to open. It is the only one left of ten that was construed. It was designed for refuge not rescue and was the brainchild of Superintendant Kimball of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, a precursor to the Coast Guard, who decided there was a need to offer shelter to those unfortunate enough to wash up on the beach. Over the years it became a coast guard station and later a naval station and even a turtle rescue station. The museum focus is on that original refuge mission. Darlene led us thought the small, one bedroom home that accommodated a keeper, his family, and as many refugees as might wash up after a shipwreck were put in the loft. The home is furnished as it would have been when keepers lived there. The basement houses many artifacts of the shipwrecks that happened along the coast. It’s a small treasure trove of artifacts, shells, placards telling about the keepers over the years, the wrecks, prehistoric and historic records of Indians who dwelt along Florida’s coast. It tells about the coast Guard years and even about the turtle rescue that existed in this one humble building. There is a corner dedicated to the equipment used to rescue people form shipwrecks. Elliott Museum took us in a more technical environment. The first exhibit you see on entering is a Foucault Pendulum. This simple device demonstrates the earth’s

rotation by knocking down pins as the pendulum swings and the earth moves in orbit. Mainly, the museum showcases the inventions of Sterling Elliott and his son Harmon. He was the first to build a bicycle specifically for women. His bike was the first that had a place to accommodate bustles. He went on to invent the quadricycle. Later he moved on the cars. Some of the highlights are the three antique autos; a regular gas car, a steam powered one and an electric car. Yes, the electric car is not a brand new idea. Our guide, Jean, told us her maiden name is Elliott but she had no idea if she was related to Sterling. She also showed us that this is the kind of car where the term “back seat driver” came from. The two front seats can turn to face the back and the person in back would drive the car. The car was considered very expensive. It sold for $3000. To the back, there is a three story “car vending machine” where you pick out the car you want to see. A robotic control picks the car and puts it on the turntable and lowers it where you can view it. Upstairs there is a lot of Americana exhibits, a general store, pharmacy, a baseball exhibit, a tribute to actress Frances Langford and more. Our adventure was so much fun. Glamping Hub offers a different way to travel in style and combine the naturalness of camping and the luxury of a hotel.




Things to Do:

Watch the Pigs Race

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama National Fair has been fun for all with the numerous different activities since 1954. This year’s dates are Oct. 4-14. No matter where you come from, there is an event, exhibit, or vendor that will be a perfecxt fit for your enjoyment! One special attraction is Grandpa’s Farm. See the live animals, old farm equipment and other educational displays! Watch the Ham Bone Express 3 pig races within a chosen cheering section. The winning section’s special cheerleader gets a pig nose -14- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

with a victory dance while the pig receives Oreo cookies. On the main Garrett Coliseum stage, see live concerts of Bell Biv Devoe on Oct. 5, and country star Rodney Atkins on Oct. 13. Tickets are already available online with various specials offered. Regular one-day admission tickets are $10 for ages six and older. There are midway wristbands also available. The fair staff wants to ensure you enjoy all these opportunities safely and have, therefore, provided you with the safety plans. Metal detec-

tors and bag checks will be at all entrance gates. Prohibited items include weapons, pocket knives, fireworks, alcoholic beverages, drones and bike/ skateboards/skates/hover boards. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Shirts and shoes are required at all times. Unsure of when a certain event is happening and don’t want to miss it? Check out the daily schedules at www.alna-

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People to See: Aug. 22-Sept. 2

State Fair PALMER - Welcome to the Alaska State Fair, home of an abundance of diverse vendors, food to please every palate, rides, concerts, acrobats, animals, exceptional educational exhibits, record-setting giant vegetables and beautiful flower gardens. Nestled in the heart of the Chugach Mountains, in the fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley, the fairgrounds are just an hour north of Anchorage. Each year, the Fair provides the perfect setting for Alaska’s last blast of summer, and is a showcase of Alaska’s uniqueness and beauty. This year’s theme is “Crazy Good.” Come to Hoskins or Irwin for exciting demonstrations. See quilters, woodworkers, and other handcrafters in action. Join in the competition with the largest cabbage or pumpking weigh off. There are cooking contests including “Crazy Good Berry Pie,” or the “Alaska Seafood Throwdown.” Then there are headliners performing at the ConocoPhillips Borealis Theatre. The only thing better than going to a concert … is going to a concert FOR FREE (and taking a friend)! That’s why the fair board is giving away two concert tickets (plus two meet & greets) EVERY WEEK for 12 weeks as part of their AT&T Concert Series Crazy Good Sweepstakes. You may enter each day through Aug. 30. Earn a bonas entry when you send a tweet and another for every Facebook friend who also enters. More details may be found at

Concert Schedule: Aug. 22 - Home Free Aug. 23 - Shinedown Aug. 24 - Dustin Lynch Aug. 25 - Kansas Aug. 27 - Newsboys & Guest Adam Agee Aug. 28 - Tower of Power Aug. 29 - Slightly Stoopid Aug. 30 - Dropkick Murphy’s Aug. 31 - Cole Swindell Sept. 1 - Jeff Foxworthy Sept. 2 - Elle King For More places to go, things to do, nd people to see while in Alaska, > CLICK HERE. JULY, 2019 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -15-

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PHOENIX -For over a century, the Arizona State Fair has been a gathering place for residents from the far corners of the state. Guests come here to enjoy the richness and diversity of communities, to honor the past, celebrate the current and explore the future. Get out of your daily routine, and immerse yourself in a wonderland of amusement. There’s nothing quite like a night out at the fair, where you can stroll beneath the bright lights and make unforgettable memories with family and friends. The Arizona State Fair has been a Phoenix tradition for decades, arriving every year with the promise of thrilling rides, delicious food favorites, and unparalleled entertainment. The Arizona State Fair also gives you the opportunity for a front-row experience at performances by your fa-16- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

vorite music artists. The annual Coliseum Concert Series brings world-famous performers inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum to take the stage, welcoming their fans to a venue unlike any other in the state. Experience live concerts this year by Lee Brice on Oct. 12, Trace Adkins on Oct. 17, and Chase Rice on Oct. 24. All three concerts beg in at 7 p.m. PIXEL YOURSELF ON STAGE AT THE FAIR Arizona has some of the most talented residents anywhere. Showcase your hiphop moves, tap out a few songs, strum a few chords, make us laugh with your jokes, tell us stories with your hula hands, and sing along with. To help set the stage for your performance, we’ll provide a pro-

fessional sound system, and a pro sound tech. Two tables, 50 chairs, a dozen music stands, a digital keyboard (shared), and 6 microphones. You bring costumes, props under 6 feet in height, instruments, and your talent! (Specifics in the Handbook below.) Community Stage applications are now being accepted, and many of your questions may be answered in our Community Stage Handbook, or by emailing The second annual ARIZONA STATE DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE ARIZONA STATE FAIR is happening on Saturday, Oct. 26, and you’re invited to participate! For more information and advance tickts, visit https://azstatefair. com/

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Things to Do: LITTLE ROCK - This annual family-oriented event offers a variety of entertainment and educational opportunities for all ages in a safe and clean environment. The mission is to “Showcase Arkansas with a focus on agriculture, livestock, the arts, and technology and promote youth and youth development. As one of the state’s most popular events, each October the fairgrounds welcome thousands of guests each year to a variety of special events. The Arkansas State Fair Complex offers diverse venues for entertainment and education for the citizens of Arkansas. From the classic Barton Coliseum and Hall of Industry to the expansive midway and meeting spaces, the Ar- DJ Taylor at djtaylor@iheartmedia. kansas State Fairgrounds can accom- com modate groups large or small. • Must be an original song being Homegrown Country Show performed live • Band must be from Arkansas Compete for a chance to play on and not signed with record label the Main Stage at the 2019 Fair in • Only band members/artist or the KSSN 96 Homegrown Country band representative can submit Show 10th Anniversary Concert on • One entry per band/artist Oct. 12th. To be eligible to compete, • Only YouTube links will be contestants must be from Arkansas, considered not under a recording contract, and • Deadline for entries is July 21 be able to perform a minimum of 30 minutes. Youth Talent Contest To enter, submit a YouTube link to The purpose of the Arkansas

State Fair Youth Talent Contest is to discover, develop, and encourage talent in the youth of Arkansas. It is designed primarily for amateur talent, but any act which qualifies otherwise is eligible even if the act received pay at some time EXCEPT where the person(s) are engaged in the entertainment business or paid instructors of the Arts. ONE REGIONAL WINNER from each category will be chosen from each Regional Contest (Mon. - Thur.) Regional winning acts will receive a plaque and return on Saturday for the Finals. One winning act will be chosen from each category in the Finals. The Final winning acts will receive a trophy and cash award. One overall Junior & Senior Grand Champion will receive a trophy and an additional cash award. All events will be held in the Arkansas Building southwest of the Coliseum.

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SACRAMENTO – The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State’s future. It has partnered with Dish to bring a series of innovative and exciting Drone Light Shows by Great Lakes Drone Company (GLDC) to Cal Expo during the fair each day. Drones along with swarm technology will be utilized to light up the night skies around Cal Expo to choreographed music, creating stunning visuals and patterns that will provide entertainment to fairgoers. The Drone Light Show will replace the traditional fireworks show and takes place at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. The visuals created by the drones can be seen as far as two football fields away. “Our team is working diligently to bring new and exciting forms of entertainment to the California State Fair,” said Rick Picker-

ing, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO. “For over 165 years, the State Fair has been a place to showcase innovation. We’re pleased to partner with Dish to bring this technology to the California State Fair to entertain families in a more inclusive way.” Drone light shows are considered to be more environmentally safe, and inclusive to families and those who have sensitivities to loud explosions created by traditional fireworks. Pickering noted that in 2015 the California State Fair received national notoriety when it created the Inaugural

United States Drone Racing Championship, leading to advancements in drone technology and dimensional goggles. “We are looking forward to being a part of the entertainment line-up for the California State Fair this year, producing a 80 drone custom show with the latest swarm technology utilizing bright color-changing LED lights, creating a variety shapes, and 3-dimensional formations is sure to amaze,” said Matt Quinn, Director of Operations and CEO of GLDC. The drone light show will be available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night throughout the duration of the California State Fair, July 12-28, and is open to those who have purchased a general admission ticket. For the latest updates and discount ticket information visit . For more articles on California



Things to Do:

Roll a Rock

Ride a Bucking Bronco

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PUEBLO - When you attend the Colorado State Fair, you are in for some unusal, not-to-befound-anywhere-else fun. The 11 day event, Aug. 23 - Sept. 2, is chuck full of concerts, demo derby rodeo, livestock shows, horse shows, carnival, agriculture competitions and more. Then there are the one-of-a-kind events. Many states have pageants, but only Colorado crowns a silver queen. It’s your typical pageant with one catch. Each competitor must be a nursing home resident. At the other end of the spectrum is the Little Britches Rodeo National Championships. There’s a competition for everyone in Colorado, even the less athletically oriented because it is the only state fair offering a Pet Rock Olympics. Do you think you have what it takes to find a rock that leaves pebbles in its dust? Or maybe you -20- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

just can’t help making rocks look fabulous in creative duds and studs! Maybe both! Then enter the annual Pet Rock Competition to see how your stones stand up. Get ready, set, rock, and roll! The rock traveling the greatest distance from start to stop, with no pushing or nudging, will be declared the winner. Rocks in the Best-dressed competition will be judged on the most original and outstanding costumes. Entry deadline is July 19. Several new events and attractions are coming to the annual event this year. The fair will now host the “World Slopper Eating Championship.” The competition will be hosted by Major League Eating, the same group that hosts the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Another new attraction will be platform divers. The performers

will be diving into pools from an 80 foot platform. Come join us for this lighthearted, family fun competition! The entertainment lineup includes country singers Granger Smith and Brett Young, autism and animal behavior expert Temple Grandin, rock bands Halestorm, 38 Special and Calcutta and ‘60s surf band The Beach Boys. Tickets are now on sale. Concert tickets purchased by Aug. 22 will include gate admission. For more information, call 719-404-2071 or visit online at

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Agriculture Fairs


arnivals, festivals and fairs are in every corner of the state of Connecticut. With tons of activities, entertainment, live music and delicious food, the only difficult choice will be deciding which ones to attend. Visit the animal exhibits up close or watch an antique tractor pull. There are livestock shows, live music concerts, and competitions for the much-desired blue ribbons. Don’t forget all the available fair food and even indulging in a piece (or two) of fried dough. Connecticut has agricultural fairs that are major fairs, district fairs, 4-H fairs and local fairs. Here are some of the major fairs happening around the state. You can see the full calendar for

2019 at North Stonington Agricultural Fair • July 11-14 - The first fair of the season with great food, entertainment, livestock pulls and exciting competitions. Potato and Corn Festival • August 2-4, North Branford - A three-day, family friendly event with hayrides, raffles, amusements, entertainment and everything from French fries and onion rings to fried dough, funnel cake, steak and cheese subs, apple fritters, and kettle corn. Lebanon Country Fair • August 9-11 - Since 1959, The Lebanon Lions Club has operated the Lebanon Country Fair. Many local non-profit organizations utilize the fair as their main fund raiser so you can feel good about supporting wor-

thy causes while having lots of fun. Each year brings new and exciting things as well as the old favorites like oxen pulls and pig scrambles topped off with great entertainment, arts and crafts and tasty fair cuisine. Bridgewater Country Fair August 16-18 - A long standing tradition that preserves the character of the quintessential country fair. Be sure to bring your appetite. Great food tents abound throughout the fairgrounds and feature their famous roast beef sandwiches, chicken breasts and hotdogs. The fun kicks off with the annual Bridgewater Fair Parade.

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HARRINGTON - In operation since 1920, standout events include a five-day (or more) horseshoe pitching contest, which features crowning the whole family. Also crowned with honors are the Sheep and Wool Queen, Sheep and Wool Lass, Little Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep. Perhaps they get a leg up in the wool contest displaying the best-quality wool outfit and coordinating wool sheep. Educational exhibits, demonstrations, and competition are always aimed at the advancement of livestock, horticulture, and agriculture with a special emphasis placed on educational activities such as 4-H, FFA and similar -22- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

youth development programs. Specifically, the mission of The Delaware State Fair, Inc. focuses on the preservation of the past, promotion of the present, and education in the future, of agriculture, horticulture, mechanical arts, and rural and domestic economy. The Centre Ice Arena at the Delaware State Fair is Cool Fun for Everyone! Stop by for Public Skating, Lessons, Bumper Cars on Ice and even to have a Birthday Party. For more information call 302.398.5900. Don’t miss the Sugarland concert kickoff at the M&T Grandstand. The Georgia natives Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will return to the Delaware State Fair with Drew Parker on Thursday, July 18, with their first project together in nearly six years. From 7:30 -10 p.m., the Grammy winning duo will perform hits from their new album “Bigger” for an evening of exhilarating performances for all to

remember. Other concerts will be performed by Brothers Osborn July 19, Reba McEntire July 20, Dan and Shay July 22, Ventriloquist Darci Lynne July 24, Brantley Gilbert July 26, and Gladys Knight July 27. The entertainment continues after the state fair with Nickelodeon’ s JoJo Siwa and special guests, the Belles on September 1. Tickets start at $35. The celebration continues with the Demolition Derby July 21st. Visit for an evening of car smashin’, hootin, hollerin’ and clappin’ fun! Admission tickets are $9 for those ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 6-12 and under 6 are free. For more information and schedule details, visit

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Places to Go : TAMPA - While The Florida State Fair isn’t until February, 2020, there are several events worth attending at the state fair grounds. SharkCon is an event held on July 13 adn14 at the Expo Hall that brings those who love the ocean together for a weekend of education and the fun of a Comic Con. SharkCon has something for everyone who loves the ocean. There will be a huge interactive exhibit from the presenting sponsor, The Florida Aquarium, which includes games, trivia, and more. Busch Gardens is bringing an exhibit with touch tanks, games, conservation information, shark, facts and information. The Clearwater Aquarium is bringing an exhibit that will teach you about marine mammal rescue and they

will have touch tanks. The 22 foot shark slide will be back and the pirate ship and octopus bounce house. The Go Dive Now Pool will be back to give those who have never tried scuba experience a chance to check it out. Florida Fish and Wildlife will return with their hands on shark and ray identification. There will be tons of different activities for your kids through the nonprofit partners like Sharks4Kids, Tampa Bay Watch, Oceana, Shark Research Institute and Shark Angels. Capt YAK will be teaching kayaking techniques. Over all there will

be over 30 activities all completely FREE. There are speakers this year from Shark Week, National Geographic and Animal Planet including Mikki McComb-Kobza, Emma Cassagrande, Liz Parkinson, Cristina Zenato, Paul Clerkin and members of the cast of SpongeBob Squarepants. Everything listed above is included in the price of admission. We also have over 100 booths of vendors that are shark, ocean, art, scuba, watersports, and our sponsors. We have two vendors the shark ride and shark photo booth which are an additional charge. Tickets are $19.95 for a single day adult pass $24.95 for a two-day adult pass $4.95 for a one-day child pass $7.50 for a two-day child pass (Children ages 13 and under). For tickets, other special events, or more information, visit https://www.

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Georgia State Fair Sept. 27-Oct.6


t’s all about the pig racing, camel rides, playing knockerball and petting zoo that makes this state fair so much fun for all who attend. It is held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6. The Circus Hollywood is also back by popular demand for another year. Full of family entertainment, the circus includes acrobats, animals, stunts, clowns, and much more! The Coronas family is the 4th generation of circus performers working in Europe until 1951, then bringing their show to America in 1952. Going strong after 60 years they are still innovating and bringing the highest quality shows and equipment to the American Public. Featured in the 2003 movie “Big Fish” with Danny Devito, Jessica Lange, Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor, Directed by Tim Burton where Coronas family circus provided all circus acts, animals and equipment as well as providing circus technical support The Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show consists of the Swiss Circus Family Nock and are among the most respected aerial stunt artists in the world today. Since 1954, The Nerveless Nocks have been thrilling audiences across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and world-wide. -24- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

The Astro Nocks Daring Double Spacewheel! This fast-paced act will keep you on the edge of their seats. While revolving on the aerial pendulum, the Nocks perform leaps, somersaults, handstands and actually walk the wheel blind-folded Sensational Sky-High Swaypoles features a hand-over-hand climb to the top of a breathtaking aerial exchange from pole to pole and an unbelievable headfirst freefall back to the ground. Meet and greet Sky Katz Sept. 30 from 12:30 - 4 p.m. at the Atlanta Speedway. She plays the part of Tess in Disney’s Raven’s Home. Katz was also a contestant on the 11th season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. For more information and complete schedule of attractions, visit https:// www.georgiasFor More information



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Western Idaho State Fair BOISE - During the Fair, Aug. 16 -25, you can literally rock and roll at night, and party every day. The Western Idaho State Fair has literally been the social event of the summer to attend since it started in 1897. With Boise’s strong agricultural roots, the first Fair featured three major departments: livestock (sheep, cattle, horses and hogs), products of the soil and a domestic manufacturing/home department. These bigger categories were subdivided in later years into smaller departments that can still be found today. Featuring bona fide rock stars and country music legends, fair grandstand acts are free with fair admission. With the Boise foothills as a backdrop, the DISH Grandstand sets the stage for real star power. Jam out from a grassy dancefloor or open (but limited) stadium seating. Gates open at 6 p.m. Shpwtime is 7:30 p.m. On Aug. 20, 3 Doors Down will perform. The quintet’s many accolades include selling 16 million albums globally, receiving three Grammy nominations, and winning two American Music Awards. They are know for hits such as “When I’m Gone,” “Time of my Life,” and “In the Dark.” The Nitty Gritty Dirtband will play in concert Aug. 21. Often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country rock and American roots music, the profoundly influential band has enjoyed multiplatinum and gold records, plus strings of top ten hits like “Fishin’ in the Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles.” Aug. 22 Dustin Lynch takes the stage with a string of country hits stretching back to 2012, a red hot live-performance reputation, and an exponentially-growing fanbase. Hits include “Mind Reader,” “Seein’ Red,” and “Small Town Boy.” Reo Speedwagon performs Aug. 23 with hits “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run. For more information and tickets, visit

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Illinois State Fair SPRINGFIELD - The 2019 Illinois State Fair runs from August 8th through August 18th. The Fairgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to Midnight for the duration of the Fair. The Fair Administration Office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Butter Cow has been an unofficial icon of the fair since the 1920’s. 500 pounds of unsalted butter are used to sculpt the life size figure by hand. The process takes about five days. Don’t miss the unveiling of the Butter Cow located inside the Dairy Building! This year’s sculpture is going to be special.

Fifteen nationalities and two international beer booths are represented in the Ethnic Village. Located just inside the main gate Happy Hollow returns to the Illinois State Fair with competitions, exotic animal entertainment and shows like the Watershed park and ancient athletics. Conservation World is a 30-acre tract of rolling hills and woodlands that brings the northwest corner of the fairgrounds to life. Take a trip into the wilderness as our guides show you the wonders of nature. Attractions include fishing clinics, an outdoor amphitheater celebrating Smokey Bear’s 75th

Birthday, Paul Bunyan lumberjack show and numerous program tents. The carnival will offer thrills, chills and shrills from all who attend. Whether you want to spin, flip, scramble or scream there will be at least one favorite ride for you. From the classics to the most modern, this Midway will keep you entertained. For more information, visit online at

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Indianapolis - Come hungry to the state fair scheduled this year from August 2-18 with the theme, “Heros in the Heartland.” This year’s theme salutes Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces and many others who keep us safe and make us proud. And now, fair goers can visit a NEW experience, the Super City: Where Heroes Unite! exhibit, open daily, to hang out with their favorite Super Heroes. Livestock shows are a tradition, the Midway offers fun for all ages, and our Heroes in the Heartland are sure to entertain and inspire. But, indulging in fair food is an absolute must visiting the Great Indiana State Fair. And, once again, with new, wacky recipes and culinary creations this year won’t disappoint. The 2019 Indiana State Fair will offer traditional fair foods such as corn dogs and elephant ears, but these NEW food items will be featured in “Taste of the Fair,” a contest that encourages fairgoers to vote on their favorite new fair food item. Fairgoers can vote at any of the Information Booths presented by Prairie Farms throughout the 17-day fair. New food items featured at this -28- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

year’s Indiana State Fair include: • The Hawaiian Haminator (Offered by Pork-n-More) Indulge in a ham and bacon masterpiece mixed with Pork N More’s very own Grand Champion BBQ Bacon Sauce and famous Yum Yum Sauce. Served on a sesame seed bun and topped with provolone cheese and two pineapple slices. • Bison Hush Puppies (Offered by Red Frazier Bison) Red Frazier Bison puts a new twist on an old-school favorite with their Bison Hush Puppies. Here, hush puppies are made from cornmeal batter, jalapeño and Red Frazier Bison, then deep fried and served with seasoned sour cream. • Buffaloaded Fries (Offered by Urick Concessions) Don’t miss this jumbo plate of French Fries topped with a blend of white meat chicken, creamy cheddar cheese sauce, buffalo hot sauce and blue cheese. Garnished with ranch dressing, real bacon bits

and chives. • Monroe’s Midwest Hero (Offered by Monroe’s Big Dog Diner) A Hoosier classic! Try this fresh hand-breaded tenderloin with cheese, bacon, and of course Monroe’s special sassy sauce. Top with a dill spear and you’ve got yourself a meal! • Indiana Pork BBQ Split (Offered by Indiana Pork Producers) The Indiana Pork BBQ Split is served just like a banana split! Prepared in a boat with three delicious scoops of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and cole slaw. Complete with a pickle on the side. • The Trifecta Hero (Offered by Round Boy’s Concessions) This drinkable Dreamsicle is a shakeup, slushy, and vanilla shake mashup. Blended together with fresh squeezed lemons, limes, and orange juice, then mixed with homemade simple syrup and French vanilla cream with a splash of water. • Deep Fried Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich (Offered by Urick Concessions) Gear up for this guaranteed sugar

rush! Creamy vanilla ice cream will be sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. Then, dipped in funnel cake batter, deep fried, and garnished with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce. • Lamb Taco (Offered by Spectrum Catering & Concessions) Spectrum Catering’s Lamb Tacos include flour tortillas filled with Barbacoa lamb and served with pico, lettuce, onion and cilantro. Finish off with cheese, sour cream and a side of salsa. • Poutine (Located on the Midway) Freshly cut Idaho potatoes fried in Maple Leaf Farms duck fat to a perfect crisp with a splash of kosher sea salt, garnished with cheddar curd cheese nuggets and smothered in a special Poutine secret recipe sauce. • Cajun Queen (Offered by Bayou Concessions) Starting with a bed of jambalaya rice, Bayou Concessions adds 1, 2 or all 3 of their famous meats (blackened chicken, New Orleans steak and Andouille Sausage). Next, they throw in grilled onions, grilled bell peppers, melted sharp cheddar cheese and their homemade hot sauce to top off this tasty platter. • Hoosier Hometown Hash & Caramel Coffee Milkshake (Offered by the Dairy Bar) The Hoosier Hometown Hash features two hash brown patties grilled to perfection, surrounding FOUR types of cheese: muenster, pepper jack, cheddar and swiss. To make it a complete meal, add a decadent Caramel Coffee Milkshake.

• American Hero (Offered by R.E. Smith Food and Drink) This hardy hoagie is made with Virginia ham, salami, and pepperoni, topped with a lettuce/slaw mixture, and covered in a freshly made special sauce. Add a layer of fresh tomatoes and top this American Hero off with slices of American and Jalapeno cheese. • Superhero USA All the Way Pancake (Offered by Meatball Factory LLC) Atart your day like the superhero you are with the Superhero USA All the Way pancake! This freshly made Dutch pancake is loaded with RED-strawberries, WHITEfresh whipped cream, and of course BLUE-berries. • Shepherd’s Pie (Offered by Spectrum Catering & Concessions) This shepherd’s pie is made with seasoned ground lamb, vegetables and a gravy topped with mashed potatoes and garnished with green onions. • Duck Fries (Located on the Midway) Freshly cut Idaho potatoes fried in Maple Leaf Farms duck fat to a perfect crisp with a splash of kosher sea salt. Served with the quack sauce secret recipe. • Rollin’ Mac Daddy Egg Roll (Offered by Gobble Gobble) You can now walk and eat the original Gobble Gobble Mac Daddy with this new culinary creation! The Rollin Mac Daddy Egg Roll includes cheesy mac and cheese with pulled BBQ turkey on top. Add a side of BBQ sauce to get the full Rollin Mac Daddy Egg Roll effect.

• Bourbon Chicken (Offered by Freund Family Goods) Kick it up Cajun-style with a Bourbon Chicken Bowl! This dish features grilled chicken smothered in Freund’s super-secret, sweet and tangy bourbon sauce, along with fresh cut broccoli - all piled high on a bed of steamed cilantro rice. • Relleno de Papa (Offered by Da Portable Rican) The Relleno de Papa includes one mashed potato ball filled with seasoned ground beef and fried golden brown. Served with rice, this treat will satisfy the hungriest of fairgoers. • “Angry” Pretzel Poppers with “Mad” Ranch Sauce (Offered by J. Wilson Group) These pretzel poppers feature diced jalapenos mixed in a made-from-scratch dough, then rolled in diced jalapenos. These hotter than hot bites are then baked, buttered and salted. This snack pairs perfectly with a jalapeno ranch dressing. • Poutine with Bacon (Located on the Midway) Freshly cut Idaho potatoes fried in Maple Leaf Farms duck fat and sprinkled with crispy hickory smoked peppery bacon! Garnished with cheddar curd cheese nuggets and smothered in a very special Poutine secret recipe sauce. • Blue Raspberry Lemon Twister (Offered by Pork-n-More) Cool off with Pork-n-More’s new TWIST on blue raspberry lemonade. They call this thirst-quencher the Blue Raspberry Lemon Twister! JULY, 2019 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -29-

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DES MOINES - The countdown has begun for the Iowa State Fair scheduled for August 8-18, 2019. Iowa’s State Fair is spotlighted as the only Iowa destination and the only state fair in the country as one of the world’s must-see events listed by New York Time’s Best Sellers in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. A proud tradition since 1854, the Fair inspired the internationally-acclaimed novel, State Fair, three motion pictures, plus Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical. Special features include one of the world’s largest livestock shows, the country’s largest state fair foods department (approx. 900 classes), the state’s largest arts show, hundreds of competitive events and wacky contests; hundreds of exhibitors, over 200 concessionaires selling tasty treats, and 160 rolling acres of campgrounds. Come celebrate 50y ears of Sesame Street by seeing your favorite characters sculpted in butter. Standing alongside the iconic Iowa State Fair butter cow, Sesame Street will come alive in the John Deere Agriculture Building throughout the Iowa State Fair. Kids of all ages will remember their favorite characters and lessons as they walk by the butter cooler. The butter cow has been sculpted at the Iowa State Fair since 1911. Various companion sculptures have joined the butter cow since 1996, including the American Gothic, Elvis Presley, the Peanuts Gang, Harry Potter and many more popular events, people or characters. -30- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

Goat Yoga is returning to the Iowa State Fair on August 12, 14 and 17 in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. Pick a time to get face-to-face with these babies while doing your favorite poses alongside other baby animals, including ducks, piglets, chicks and more! New this year, the ticketed events will include an exclusive Iowa State Fair Goat Yoga mat for the first 250 registered participants, total. The Bill Riley Talent Search annually showcases the amazing talents of Iowa’s young people. Qualifying shows are held across the state throughout the year and winners advance to the State Fair competition. Watch the competition live each day of the Fair on the Anne and Bill Riley stage. The Finals are at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 18th on the Anne and Bill Riley stage. From classic rock, comedy and 90’s


hits, from hip-hop, to Christian, jazz, blues, pop and country, “Nothing Compares” to the FREE Entertainment line up at the 2019 Iowa State Fair. Free Entertainment previously held on the Bud Light stage have been moved to other stages in 2019 to allow for new entertainment options. Grandstand Concert performances will include: For Kinig & Country with special guest Zach Williams, the Chainsmokers, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith with special guest Jimmie Allen, Dan plus Shay, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Foreigner, Luke Bryan, Pentatonix, and Hootie and the Blowfish. For tickets, visit www.iowastatefair. org or call 800.514.3849.

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HUTCINSON - A new festival the first weekend of the Kansas State Fair will feature the treasures and tourist attractions found in Kansas communities. The Explore Kansas Festival — a showcase of Kansas culture, history, events and attractions — will take place the first weekend of the Fair, Sept. 7-8, in Gottschalk Park. This festival is a way to educate fairgoers about Kansas’ many attractions all in one place. Visitors will see an interactive display of Kansas byways, dig for a lost village, learn about one of the nation’s oldest town picnics and celebrate the upcoming 200th birthday of the Santa Fe Trail. The two-day showcase creates a place for the public to discover Kansas’ unique treasures. A few of the communities represented are: Erie — famous for its annual Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion, held during the second

full week of July. The reunion features a Free Bean Feed. The beans are prepared using a historic recipe, simmering all day in cast-iron kettles over wood fires. This reunion has been conducted continuously since 1873 and is claimed to be the oldest consecutively running Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion in the country. Ark City’s Lost City of Etzanoa — In June 2015, archaeologist Dr. Don Blakeslee led a wide-ranging field study in central and southern Kansas. One of his primary goals was to rediscover the long-lost Native American city of Etzanoa. He was successful. It was in the present location of Arkansas City, Kansas. This site is now available for tours. Santa Fe Trail — William Becknell, known as the Father of the Santa Fe Trail, left Missouri for Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1821. More than half the trail runs through Kansas and many remnants of the trail

still exist. The Santa Fe Trail was the first international trail between the United States and Mexico. The Santa Fe Trail Association will have a display celebrating the trail’s heritage. The Explore Kansas Festival can help visitors find unique cafes, fishing holes, hiking trails, next summer’s vacation spot, historic sites, natural landmarks, museums, arts and culture and events. The fair has already filled one tent for the festival and is working on a second location. Grandstand entertainment at the fair includes concerts by Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, Billy Currington, Skillet, Francesca Battistelli and Zach Williams, and Lauren Alaina, Hanson. An All Star Monster Truck Tour will be Sept. 15.

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Kentucky State Fair “We want to preserve the Fair’s heritage, while also introducing innovative events, unique foods, and popular entertainment to enhance the experience for fairgoers.” David Beck President / CEO of Kentucky Venues

August 15-25 Continuing rich tradition while introducing new experiences. Experience the tastes, sites and beverages that are uniquely Kentucky in this new entertainment area. Bluegrass Village highlights local craft breweries, bourbon distilleries, culinary and Kentucky retail. Adjacent to Kentucky Kingdom, Bluegrass Village is the entrance to the new concert area for the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series at the Kentucky State Fair.

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Aug. 15 - Montgomery Gentry, with special guests: Exile and Layla Spring Aug. 16 - Sheila E Aug. 17 - Black Stone Cherry, with special guests Tyler Bryant, The Shakedown and the Josephines. Aug. 18, The Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Greenwood Aug. 19 - For King & County and Young Escape Aug. 20 - Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone; Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mitch Ryder Aug. 21 - Granger Smith Ft. Earl Dibbles Jr. and Brandon Lay Aug. 22 - Lovelytheband with special guest The Mowgli’s Aug. 23 - Dylan Scott & Mitchell Tenpenny with special guest Jake Rose Aug. 24 - Vince Neil of Motley Crue and KIX Aug. 25 - Lauren Daigle and AHI

What’s New This Year: Agland - Come and see what’s happening down on the farm. Everything from llamas to sheep, country hams to corn, and more. Bluegrass Village - If you love all things #Local, come and experience the tastes, sites, and brews that are uniquely Kentucky in Bluegrass Village. Find your favorite local spots that will be featured here. Dragon’s Breath - Make your wishes of becoming a dragon come true this year at the Fair. Head over to Vedaco’s Dragon Breath Ice Cream booth in the South Wing Shops to let off some steam! Divas Through the Decades - Release your inner diva with Divas Through the Decades this year on the Performing Arts Stage. Strike a pose to hits by Tina Turner, Madonna, Beyonce, and more! CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE - Sale of Champions has been upgraded to Championship Drive. This event recognizes more than 70 4-H and FFA competitors and animals. Winning a class is highly coveted and we’re giving the opportunity to showcase the hard work of these competitors. The World’s Championship Horse Show (WCHS) The most prestigious Saddlebred show in the world, returns to Freedom Hall and tickets are now on sale. The event is held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair. Top Saddlebred horses from around the world take center stage during the show, with harness and hackney ponies, roadster ponies and horses competing in the show ring as well. Divisions include Three and Five-Gaited, Fine Harness, Saddlebred Pleasure, Equitation, Hackney/ Harness Pony, Roadster, InHand Division and American Saddlebred. For more information on Kentucky >CLICK HERE!

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All the State Fairs

Before you know it warm weather will be here and that means Maine fair season. Here is a complete rundown of dates and locations of this seasons events

August 29, 2019 - September 2, 2019 Blue Hill Fair Blue Hill August 30, 2019 - September 2, 2019 Harmony Fair Harmony August 31, 2019 Springfield Fair Springfield September 5, 2019 - September 8, 2019 Clinton June 13 - 16, 2019 Monmouth - Monmouth Fair Agricultural Clinton June 28 - July 3, 2019 Presque Isle - Northern September 6, 2019 - September 8, 2019 LitchMaine Fair field Fair Litchfield July 4 - 7, 2019 Houlton - Houlton Fair September 11, 2019 - September 14, 2019 OxJuly 11 - 14, 2019 Ossipee Valley Fair South ford County Fair Oxford, Maine Hiram September 13 - 15, 2019 New Portland Fair July 19, 2019 - July 21, 2019 Waterford World’s New Portland Fair North Waterford, Maine September 15 - 21, 2019 Farmington Fair July 25 - 28, 2019 Pittston - Pittston Fair Farmington July 25, 2019 - August 3, 2019 Bangor State Fair September 20 - 22, 2019 Common Ground Fair Bangor Unity August 6 - 11, 2019 Topsham - Topsham Fair September 22 - 28, 2019 Cumberland Fair August 8 - 2019 Skowhegan - Skowhegan Cumberland Ctr August 17 - 24, 2019 Union Fair - Union September 29, 2019 - October 6, 2019 Fryeburg August 21 - 22, 2019 Maine Farm Days Clinton Fair Fryeburg August 22 - 25, 2019 Acton Fair - Acton August 22, 2019 - August 25, 2019 Piscataquis Valley Fair Dover-Foxcroft For more information August 25, 2019 - September 2, 2019 Windsor Windsor - Fair on Maine


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The Big E: New England’s Great State Fair

If time or budget doesn’t permit you attend one big fair each year, then New England’s Great State allows you t o visit six states in one at the Avenue of States. Fair The Big E is a 17 day extravaganza of exhibits, entertainment, agriculture, and of course food. With something for everyone, it’s no wonder that The Big E now draws over one million visitors annually to one of the country’s oldest and most revered fall festivals. With its long and rich tradition, The Big E has transformed itself over the years to really become one of the largest and most visited attractions here in Massachusetts. The Big E is currently the sixth largest state fair in the country and the largest on the east coast. The Avenue of States is the area of the exposition grounds where -36- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

each New England state has its own building. The building and land that they sit on actually belong to the individual states so this is the only place where someone can visit all six New England states within a few minutes. Come Big E time the buildings become a hub of activity as each state puts its best foot forward in displaying their wares and unique native foods. If you are in the mood for a baked potato then by all means head to the Maine state building. Have a hankering for fried clams or Del’s Lemonade, then head to the Rhode Island building. Looking for tourist information about Cape Cod, then stop into the Massachusetts building. Each state really goes all out to promote the best that they have to offer. It’s a great way to discover

all six New England states in one convenient location. Originally conceived by Joshua Brooks as a means of showcasing and expanding New England’s agricultural base, the 175-acre site in West Springfield was purchased early in the 20th century and developed with cattle barns and a Coliseum. When a group of New England businessmen convinced the National Dairy Show to move their annual fair from Chicago to West Springfield in 1916 the site was christened with its first event.

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2019 Michigan

Aug. 4th, 2019

10am - 4pm

Join us for a mini Renaissance Festival complete with festival entertainers, vendors and fare! For more information on Michigan destinations,



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Sneak Peek

NOVI - Each year the day before the fair opens to the public, (Aug. 28 this year), a Charity Sneak Peek is hosted. A “Friends of the Fair Night”is held in conjunction the event, which honors the dedication of our active military members and their families. It is one small way to recognize their great commitment and service to the United States of America. The evening will also host some of the Shriner youngsters and their families from the area Shriners Hospitals for Children® who are currently undergoing medical treatment as the result of the hard work and dedication of the Shriners volunteer organization. Children from the Detroit area Rainbow Connection and Special Olympics as well as many other local charitable organizations are being invited to join in the fun! On this very special night, all -38- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

these children as well as active military members and their families will receive a free sneak peek of the Michigan State Fair, LLC, to enjoy free unlimited Midway rides and indulge in traditional carnival treats. In addition, they will also be treated to a special breathtaking performance by the Detroit Shrine Circus. The Suburban Collection Showplace is home of the Michigan State Fair and is conveniently located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads. During the regular state fair, the Commodity Demonstration stage is a popular destination for Michigan food fans seeking new recipes, tips and tricks from professional chefs and highly skilled farm cooks, too! The magnificent Rock-N-Roll K-9’s Performance Team has been providing good family fun enter-

tainment for millions of spectators since 1995. You will witness a variety of breeds in every color, shape, size and age, as well as everyone’s favorite, the All American Mix. The regular state fair begins Aug. 29 and continues to Sept. 2. Admission tickets are $8, children $6. Rides and circus fees are separate. Wristbands are available f or unlimited rides and entry to the circus. Use discount code 2019EARLY for $5 off bands until Aug. 28 at noon. For more information, visit

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Great Get-Together

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 2 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day. The 2019 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22-Labor Day, Sept. 2. The Minnesota State Fair’s 2019 Commemorative Art has been unveiled (shown above) by Minneapolis fine art photographer and artist R. J. Kern. Surrounded by State Fair enthusiasts, he presented his photograph publicly for the first time on June 6. The 2½-foot-by-5-foot piece will be on display in the Fine Arts Center during the fair. The free entertainment lineup -40- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

features more than 900 shows and 100 acts on seven different stages throughout the 12-day run – all free with fair admission. Highlights of this year’s free stage lineup are: Belinda Carlisle • Dessa • Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone • Lonestar • One Night of Queen Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works • Tony! Toni! Toné!• Aby Wolf • Early Eyes • First Avenue Goes To The Fair • Jaedyn James & The Hunger • Nooky Jones • Pert Near Sandstone • Free Fallin - A Tribute to Tom Petty • iLLism • Kat Perkins • Malamanya • MFELLAZ • Westside Band and MANY MORE! Information: Grandstand Shows: Aug. 22/7:30 - Hootie & the Blowfish: Group Therapy Tour with special guest Bare-

naked Ladies $51-90. Aug. 23/7:30 - Why Don’t We with special guests MAX and EBEN $28-38. Aug. 24/7:30 - Dierks Bently $5075. Aug. 25/7 p.m. - Trace Adkins & Clint Black with special guest Terri Clark $31-41. Aug. 26/7 p.m. - Tommy James and the Shondells and Happy Together Tour 2019 $31. Aug. 27/7:30 p.m. - “Weird Al” Yankovic Strings Attached Tour $31 Aug. 28/7:30 Daryl Hall & John Oates with special guest G. Love & Special Sauce $57-67.

Aug. 29/7:30 Logic $43-53 Aug. 30/7:30 Lionel Richie $57 Aug. 31/6:30 Brandi Carlile 51 Sept. 1/7:30 Amateur Talent Conest Finals. Sept. 2 / 7 ZZ Top & Cheap Trick. $39-49

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JACKSON - The annual Mississippi State Fair begins the first Wednesday in October each year and usually is scheduled to run for 12 days (Oct. 2-13). This year for the first time, the 160th fair dates are being extended to include Columbus Day, Oct.14th since school will be out and many workers have paid holidays. The Mississippi State Fair is one of the South’s major fairs with 673,098 attending in 2010. The milelong midway, free major entertainment, livestock shows, and 120,000 sq. ft. of exhibits are the main attractions. Enjoy your favorite fair food and rides.There are also numerous livestock shows, creative arts competitions, the edge of your seat circus, and musical entertainment. Fun for the whole family. In addition to a 13th day in 2019, the fair will also soon welcome the new Mississippi Trade Mart, which is now under construction adjacent to the Mississippi Coliseum. It is scheduled for completion

in late 2019, but not in time for the fair. For information o booking for the fair in October, contact the fairgrounds office in March by phone at 601.961.4000 or fax to 601.354.6545. While in town for the fair, stop by the Mississippi Agri culture Museum to take part in a pumpkin adventure. Your adventure will include a hayride around the grounds of the AG Museum which will drop you off for a yummy milk and cookie snack. Feel free to explore Small Town, Mississippi, visit the General Store and tour the Heritage Center Gallery. On your way out, stop by the Pumpkin Patch and choose your very own pumpkin to take home with you! Adjusted hours during Pumpkin Adventure is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit https://www.mdac.

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ickets to all Missouri State Fair concert and events are on sale now. This includes the Pepsi Grandstand concert series, auto races, tractor pulls, State Fair Arena events and the Governor’s Ham Breakfast. These tickets will be available through Etix and also at the Missouri State Fair Box Office, located on the fairgrounds in Sedalia. Box Office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 25 through Aug. 2, expanding to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5-7 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the Fair, Aug. 8-18. The Pepsi Grandstand is the venue for eight concerts, two tractor pulls and one auto race this year. Children two and under are free to all Pepsi Grandstand concerts, but must sit on an adult’s lap. Children five and under are free for tractor pulls and auto races, but must sit on an adult’s lap. -42- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

Ticket prices do not include Fair gate admission. ~THUR. AUG. 8 – DWIGHT YOAKAM WITH KING LEG, 7:30 p.m. $20 regular grandstand/$25 premium grandstand and $35 regular track/$40 premium track ~FRI., AUG. 9 – THE STRUTS WITH WHITE REAPER, 7:30 p.m. $25 grandstand/$35 track ~SAT., AUG. 10 – BRANTLEY GILBERT WITH JOBE FORTNER, 7:30 p.m. $35 regular grandstand/$40 premium grandstand and $45 regular track/$55 premium track ~SUN., AUG. 11 – MISSOURI STATE FAIR SHOOT OUT FEATURING MISSOURI ASSOC. CHAMPIONSHIP TRUCK & TRACTOR PULL QUALIFYING & FINALSAll Day Ticket – 12 p.m. & 6 p.m.$20 adults/$10 youth (ages 6-12)/free 5 & under.

MON, AUG. 12 – LUCAS OIL PRO PULLING LEAGUE All Day Ticket – 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $25 adults/$12 youth (ages 6-12)/ free 5 & under ~TUE., AUG. 13 – CHICKS WITH HITS FEATURING TERRI CLARK, PAM TILLIS AND SUZY BOGGUSS, 7:30 p.m.$20 grandstand/$30 track ~WED., AUG. 14 – TYLER CHILDERS WITH BRENT COBB, 7:30 p.m. $20 grandstand/$30 track ~THURSDAY, AUG. 15 – FOR KING & COUNTRY WITH MATT

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uri State Fair MAHER, 7:30 p.m.$20 grandstand/$25 track ~FRIDAY, AUG. 16 – FOREIGNER WITH NIGHT RANGER, 7:30 p.m. $25 regular grandstand/$30 premium grandstand and $35 regular track/$45 premium track ~SATURDAY, AUG. 17 – BROTHERS OSBORNE WITH ASHLEY MCBRYDE, 7:30 p.m. $25 regular grandstand/$30 premium grandstand and $40 regular track/$45 premium track ~SUNDAY, AUG. 18 – ASCS SPRINT CAR AND LATE MODEL RACES6 p.m. Hot Laps/7 p.m. Heat Races $20 adults/$18 military/senior(ages 65+)/$10 students (13-17)/$5 youth (6-12)/free kids 5 and under The State Fair Arena, sponsored by Husqvarna, is another popular venue on the fairgrounds, offering 11 days of action including rodeo, bull riding and motorsports. Children five and under are free to all events at the State

Fair Arena, but must sit on an adult’s lap. Ticket prices do not include Fair gate admission: THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, AUG. 8–9 – MRCA SHOW-ME STATE STAMPEDE AND RODEO, 7 p.m. $8 adult/$5 youth (ages 6-12)/free kids 5 and under ~SATURDAY, AUG. 10 – MRCA SHOW-ME STATE STAMPEDE AND RODEO, 7 p.m. $10 adult/$6 youth (ages 6-12)/free kids 5 and under ~SUNDAY, AUG. 11 – MOTOCROSS, FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF THE MO FAIR CROSS SERIES, 7 p.m. $7 ticket/free kids 5 and under ~MONDAY, AUG. 12 – FLAT TRACK TT RACE, 7 p.m. $7 ticket/free kids 5 and under ~TUESDAY, AUG. 13 – MSF TRACTOR & TRUCK PULL, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free, no event ticket required ~WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14 – AN-

TIQUE CLASSIC TRACTOR PULL, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Free, no event ticket required ~MISSOURI STOCK ANTIQUE – CLASSIC TRACTOR ASSOCIATION, 1 p.m. Free, no event ticket required ~THURSDAY, AUG. 15 – GARDEN TRACTOR AND MINI ROD AND TRUCK PULL, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Free, no event ticket required ~FRIDAY, AUG. 16 – BULL RIDING COMPETITION, 8 p.m. $12 adult/$6 youth (ages 6-12)/ Free kids 5 and under SATURDAY, AUG. 17 – BULL RIDING COMPETITION, 8 p.m. $14 adult/$7 youth (ages 6-12)/free kids 5 and under SUNDAY, AUG. 18 – DEMOLITION DERBY, 2 p.m. $12 adult/$6 youth (ages 6-12)/free kids 5 and under For more information and tickets, visit online at




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Montana Fair

GREAT FALLS - The 2019 Montana State Fair will be celebrating its 88th anniversary with another summer full of fun FROM July 26 - Aug. 3. Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, COLLECTIVE SOUL broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet will perform July 27. They have been making music for two decades since then and has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts. Collective Soul helped shape and define alternative rock with lots of guitars and attitude. TRACY BYRD will take the stage on Monday, July 29. Tracy Byrd became a household name on the Country Music Scene in 1993 when his third single, called “Holdin’ Heaven”, off of his MCA Records, self-titled debut album, hit #1 on the Billboard Country Charts. The Album also included the remake hit of Johnny Paycheck’s “Someone to Give my Love to”cementing Byrd as a Traditional Country Troubadour!! The Debut Album went on to be certified Gold, a reward signifying sales in excess of 500,000 copies. HAIRBALL will take the stage on Tuesday, July 30, also in the Pacific Steel & Recycling Arena during the State Fair. Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t forget. A band puts on a concert - Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, video screens, smoke, fire, confetti, spiders, snakes & monsters (oh my) and the screaming hordes of rabid Hairball fans create an event - an event that hits you so hard, it’ll take a few days to recover! Hairball is an event; an attitude and expression of music and

showmanship that isn’t a retro-flashback. Trace Adkins has made his mark on the country-music industry. He performs on stage July 31. He has sold 11 million albums.Time- honored hit singles. Momentous, fiery and always memorable live performances. GRAMMY nominations. CMT and ACM awards. Nearly 200 million plays on YouTube. Even a slew of movie and TV roles have come the Grand Ole Opry member’s way. The multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country, LARRY the CABLE GUY, will take the stage on Friday, August 2. Larry the Cable Guy has his own line of merchandise and continues to sell out theatres and arenas across the United States. Larry has created The Git-R-Done Foundation, which was named after Larry’s signature catchphrase, and has donated more than 7 million dollars to various charities. DARCI LYNNE will take the stage on Saturday, August 3 in the Pacific Steel & Recycling Arena. The Singer / Ventriloquist is one of the youngest contestants to ever win NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” garnering over 21M views on AGT’s YouTube and the most votes for a final performance in the history of the show. She won the hearts of America with her sweetheart disposition and undeniable talent.

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xperience an authentic ranch rodeo, feel the thick wool of a sheep or watch a baby calf being born! More than 12,000 critters are ready to see you at the Nebraska State Fair August 23 through Sept. 2. Be bold, be wild, and be ready to rally with your friends, family, and fellow Nebraskans. Plot your course from the options below for the best entertainment value your dollar can buy! Whether you stop in ‘Raising Nebraska’ or ride a real combine, you’ll find farm life without driving clear across the state. Jason Goodman and his incredible driving skill returns during the Draft Horse Show to showcase his beautiful and proud jet black Percherons. Coming in with a six-up hitch, he’ll roll through with thunder and raise the hair on your neck. Jason performs during each show Friday through Sunday; gate admission included when you buy before midnight, Aug. 22. Motorheads to microbrew-lovers! Find a BMX stunt show or tire changing contest, classic rock cover band or the Veterans Day celebration. Taste the new ‘State Fair Ale’ with...a BBQ sandwich! Championship pullers arrive for the tractor pull from the Nebraska Pullers Association and little squirts battle it out in the Pedal Pull. Teen favorites like the hypnotist Tyzen, the Slingshot, and Valentino’s pizza. Magical moments for littles such as a petting zoo and pony rides. Check out the Sustainability -46- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

Pavilion and don’t forget to stop at the Ice Cream Parlour. And, snap a photo with your family at the new mural at Fair Circle for lasting memories. Find as many as15,000 exhibits made with love by Nebraskans. Glass blowing, an Elvis tribute band and a nostalgic performance by The Drifters, Cornell Gunther’s Coasters, and The Platters. If you like country music, three evenings will present live Grandstand concerts by Brett Eldredge with special guest Devin Dawsonon on August 24 at 8 p.m. Maren Morris will take the stage August 30 at 8 .m. and Little Big Town will perform September 1, also at 8 p.m. Tickets for all three performances are available in the reserved Hot Country Bundle special price for $79. Gate admission is included in the bundle. Indiviual conerts are also available. The Red Dirt bundle offers tickets to the Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr., Cody Jinks and Whiskey Myers with Reckless Kelly. Again, three shows, three separate nights for just $79! The Rock Bundle features Theory Of A Deadman, Bad Wolves, and Halestorm.

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CONTOOCOOK - Make your trip to a New Hampshire agricultural fair a family tradition. Each year, rural communities host multiday, event-filled fairs with enticements for all ages ... and food that’s worth the wait in line. Children love the games and rides, of course, but they’re also big fans of the animals. And learning about livestock and the land is a low-key way to reawaken their brains at the start of a new school year. A LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRADITION since 1915, this year’s dates are August 30 to September 2, 2019. HSF Hours will be: Fri, Sat & Sun 8 a.m. -11 p.m., Mon 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Admission tickets are $12 for ages 13-59 and $8 for ages 3-12. Agricultural fairs large and small, like our New Hampshire state fair in Hopkinton and New England’s oldest family fair in -48- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

Deerfield, are held almost every weekend from mid-July through mid-October. And there’s not much that tops the excitement of a demolition derby or a women’s skillet toss.

Agriculture Livestock Exhibits

A variety of animals are showcased for educational and competition purposes. 4-H youth compete with their livestock as well as open pulling events throughout the fair. Check your daily fair schedule for dates and times.

Animal Magic Show

Demolition Derby

Come watch the crash’em, smash’-em action at the demolition derby. Held at the grandstand by JM Motorspor Productions, Inc. on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, the action begins at 7 (6:30 p.m. Sunday.) Cars must navigate the track to keep from damaging their vehicles if they are to win the heat and make it into the finals for big prize money. Traditionally, the derby always seems to sell out in advance. Be sure to purchase your tickets online so you do not miss this crash, boom and bang event at the fair. Advance online tickets are now available for $12 ($16 at fair.) For schedule, tickets and more information, visit online at www.

It’s an entertaining and educational family show featuring live animals from Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire. See some amazing magic and learn interesting animal facts. Don’t miss this show located on the stage at the Petting Zoo. Hours are daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more on New Hampshire


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ALBUQUERQUE - New Mexico State Fair officials have announced the theme and logo for the 2019 New Mexico State Fair. In keeping with the fair’s values of inclusion, acceptance, and love, this year’s theme will be “Love is in the Fair.” The message is aimed at reminding visitors the fair is much more than concerts and corndogs. The message of love, inclusion and community is a message of unity and intended to convey the sentiment of cherished memories with friends and family. “The fair has always been about building memories and bringing people together,” stated General Manager, Dan Mourning. “This year’s theme continues to reflect the love that all New Mexicans have for this great state. It is a passion rooted in celebrating New Mexico’s diverse cultures, history, and traditions.” In recent years, the fair has made several committed efforts towards ensuring that families and individuals from all walks of life feel included and accepted at the annual event. Recent additions such -50- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

as the fair’s award-winning Sensory Station, a quiet space that provides respite to individuals and families with sensory sensitivities; and the Exceptional Rodeo, which gives special needs kids the opportunity to participate in scaled down rodeo events ensure that the fair is a fun place for everyone. “Our fair has become a leader in the fair industry when it comes to forward thinking and inclusive initiatives,” said Mourning. “Fairs, much bigger than ours have reached out to us for advice on how they can replicate what we are doing right here in New Mexico. These are just a few reasons why we continue to hold our ranking as one of the top fairs in the country.” The 2019 New Mexico State Fair will take place September 5 – 15, 2019. For more information, visit

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ross everything off your warmweather-fun bucket list this summer at The Great New York State Fair! Because when stacked up against other popular Upstate New York fairs, amusement parks and concert venues, the Fair stands tall as the “beyond great” entertainment attraction that has a bit of everything for everybody. Whether it’s a hair-raising rollercoaster ride, a fun-filled stroll through the fairgrounds or a foot-stomping concert, the Fair offers it all with arms wide open!

Rip-Roaring Rides

With 70 rides along the Midway, the Fair has plenty of expertise sending visitors up and down, side to side, and around and around. Excitement climbs when fairgoers ascend in two of the three largest traveling roller coasters in America, and let’s not forget the two iconic Ferris wheels: the 90-foot Giant Wheel and the 70-foot Patriot Wheel. These sky-high attractions provide the perfect view of the fairgrounds and its countless activities waiting around every corner. Not a thrill-seeker? Families will find exclusive areas dedicated to kid-friendly rides that are perfect for family fun. Plus, ride

options on the more relaxing side are available for even the most easygoing and laidback visitors.

Endless Entertainment

Even though the Fair is known to generate excited screams with its many high-flying rides, it’s much more than just thrills and chills; it’s a complete entertainment experience. What do you get when you combine 200 food vendors, a rodeo full of food trucks, 10,000 animals, a focus on cultural events, plenty of performing artists and a variety of visual spectacles? 325 acres of fun, smiles and laughter.

Crazy Concerts

Many music venues get major artists and tons of listeners, but it may blow your mind that last year’s Fair attracted 339,585 fans to its Chevy Court stage alone— making it the most popular concert venue in all of New York State! And that doesn’t include attendance numbers from four other stages around the fairgrounds that feature many more musicians and shows. With this year’s headliners, like Gavin DeGraw, The Roots, Dropkick Murphys, Midland, Bad Company and more … who

knows? It’s fair to say we may even beat our record in 2019.

Amazing Audiences

The Fair is truly an arms-wideopen event carefully crafted to be a welcoming and entertaining environment for anyone. The pride and joy of the Fair isn’t just fun attractions—it’s spending time with loved ones, meeting new friends, learning things you never knew and experiencing the out-of-the-ordinary. Speaking of people, the Fair gets the blue ribbon for the largest state fair in the entire East region thanks to welcoming more than 1.26 million visitors in 2018! On the subject of greatness, the Fair also happens to be rich in history as the oldest and one of the largest fairs in the whole country. Beyond Great is What the Fair Does Best We all know what great is like. But after experiencing the tastes, textures, sights and sounds of this year’s Fair, you’ll feel it: The 2019 NYS Fair is truly beyond great. Stop by this summer to join the fun-for-anyone, entertainment-extravaganza party of the summer featuring no shortage of things to do!

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RALEIGH - At 155 feet, the tallest mobile Ferris wheel in North America is coming to the N.C. State Fair October 17 - 27. The new Ferris wheel towers 62 feet over Dorton Arena and will sit between the historic arena and Hillsborough St. with a panoramic view of over 15 miles. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 once the Fair begins. This attraction will not be included in the list of rides eligible for the unlimited ride wristband. Buy advance admission tickets online at a discount for $10 until Oct. 17 ($13 at the gate.) All - you - can - ride wristbands $25 if purchased online before the fair ($35 after fair starts.) Children are invited to spend some time on the fair’s miniature farm! For the second year, you can explore Holidays on the Farm and traverse four specialty gardens helping your children make the connections between the food they see growing and the food they love to see on their plates! Step into the boots of a farmer, harvest your own vegetables, take them to market and reap the rewards of your labor--a goody bag of -52- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

North Carolina products. Talented dancers and musicians will compete for ribbons and plaques at the Fold Festival, which will be awarded to the individual or group that best exemplifies North Carolina’s musical heritage. This 5-day competition features performances ranging from old-time bluegrass music to high-energy clogging and traditional square dancing. Many groups take traditional dances and mix them with contemporary costumes and music to appeal to younger generations. Judging is based on audience appeal, authenticity, appearance, enthusiasm and competency. Competitions will be begin at 10 a.m. in Dorton Areana on Saturday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 27.

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Human Cannonball Crusaders NEW! Meijer Kiddieland Monday – Friday: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday – Sunday: 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. This heart-pounding former Ringling Bros. circus act is loading up the cannon and bringing it to the Ohio State Fair. Human FLIPPIN – The Aerial and Acro- cannonball Brian Miser will be shot 40 feet high and 100 feet in batic Spectacular NEW! distance as fairgoers watch from South end of Mountain Dew Midway below. Monday – Friday: 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. First Saturday and Relax with an engaging perforlast Sunday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. mance at one of our free entertainment stages with performances First Sunday and last Saturday: from the following amazing NEW noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. entertainers. A team of acrobats, comedians and aerialists with five generaThe Amazing Giants | Daily tions of family entertainment experience time travel from the past NEW! Strolling / Ranging from stilt walkers, acrobatics, magito bring you flying mechanisms, cians, caricaturists and everything contraptions, body mechanisms in between, there’s never a dull and much more, giving you a moment with The Amazing Gipeculiar and extraordinary presentation. ants. Their interactive and fun entertainment includes something COLUMBUS - Be sure to mark your calendar for the Ohio State Fair opening soon. The 2019 Ohio State Fair is jam-packed with thrilling experiences. No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 - August 4! NEW to the Fair this year:


for everyone. Eric Haines – The One-Man Band | July 24 – July 29 NEW! Strolling / Guitar-slinging comedian Eric Haines brings pure entertainment to the world of comedy with an act that is part rock concert, part comedy show and part twisted, bizarre circus. Whether it’s stand-up comedy, unforgettable characters, original music, a six-foot unicycle routine or amazing variety acts, Eric Haines puts on a spectacular show that truly has something for everyone. The Flyin’ Hawaiian Show | July 24 – July 29 NEW! Strolling/ Born in Kona, Hawaii, Sara Kunz has performed all around the world. After studying hula hoops and contortion at the Beijing International Arts School, Sara began performing her one-woman show “The Flyin’ Hawaiian.” Her joyous energy, corny jokes, hooping, dancing,

Ohio State Fair contortions and amazing stuns will not disappoint. Jason D’Vaude | July 30 – Aug. 4 NEW! Gazebo Stage / Dangerous objects! Perilous stunts! Feats of strength and balance! Jason D’Vaude, self-taught one-man circus sensation, brings his comedic juggling, fire, and clowning shows to audiences around the world, delighting them with his charming humor and distinct but refined awkwardness. After seeing Jason juggle sharp objects, climb up precariously balanced objects, ride an extra-tall unicycle, or manipulate fire like a master, audiences are left speechless except to say, “That was AWESOME!” Kazual | July 24 – 29 NEW! Gazebo Stage / This is a cappella family band, comprised of three brothers and a cousin, is known for their distinct blend of R&B, hip-hop and pop they call the “Kazual experience.” Kenny Ahern | July 24 – 29 NEW! Gazebo Stage /Kenny Ahern, a world-class entertainer, has been entertaining families for over two decades with his performances. In 1983, Kenny’s college professor suggested that he try out for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the rest is history. Now, he not only performs but is also an educator at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey

Clown College. New Basics Brass Band | Daily Strolling / This group brings layers of jazz, R&B, New Orleans funk and groove sounds to audiences. Re-Bot the Recycling Robot | July 30 – Aug. 4 NEW! Strolling Re-Bot the Robot makes saving the planet fun with his entertaining message to everyone he encounters to reduce, reuse and recycle. Rock-It Robot | Daily Strolling / Get ready for the most impressive robot you’ve ever seen! Standing at nine feet tall and featuring an animated face with moving eyes, brows and mouth, this lifelike character will entertain crowds with humor, dancing and serenading. The Rudos | July 30 – Aug. 4 NEW! Strolling / The Rudos is a father and son duo who perform crazy and fun acts. With six acts never performed by anyone else in the world and their crazy antics, this duo is sure to entertain your whole family. Sideshow Terry | July 24 – 29 NEW! Strolling / Comedy entertainer Terry DaVolt will have you on the edge of your seat with his high-energy performance. You

won’t be able to stop watching as he performs everything from fire eating, the bed of nails, the arrow of death and more. Street Drum Corps | July 30 – Aug. 4 NEW! Strolling / The Street Drum Corps is a world-renowned drum and percussion show started in Los Angeles, California and turned into a global movement. They have performed for Glee, MTV, NHL, NBA, MLB, Hell’s Kitchen, American Idol and America’s Got Talent and were crowned winners of the MTV show Amazingness. Yo-Yo Guy | July 30 – Aug. 4 NEW! Strolling /Comedy entertainer and world yo-yo champion John Higby has performed his high-energy yo-yo show in 26 different countries, and he holds four Guinness World Records. He has performed on David Letterman, Discovery Channel’s Time Warp, Comedy Central and more. Featuring yo-yos-unicycles and a giant yo-yo, the interactive performance is great for all ages. For a complete list of shows, visit

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Midland & Scotty McCreery OKLAHOMA – The 2019 Oklahoma State Fair will present the PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Broncs, Double Trouble Tour & Concerts featuring rocking performances by Midland and Scotty McCreery on September 20 and 21, respectively. Midland will take to the stage after the cowboys have left the arena during the PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Broncs, Double Trouble Tour & Concerts on Friday, September 20. Midland offers a rich sound that is rooted in tradition. Their critically acclaimed freshman album, On The Rocks launched to rave reviews and was declared “the year’s best Country album.” Their debut No. 1 single “Drinkin’ Problem,” which offers an intentional nod to Country music reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s, earned the band their first GRAMMY Awards nominations. When the dust settles on Saturday night, Scotty McCreery will be front and center. McCreery burst onto the national music scene at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now in his early twenties, the talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching 3 million, received both Platinum and Gold album certifications and debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart. McCreery will wrap up the PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Broncs, Double Trouble Tour & Concerts at the Oklahoma State Fair on Saturday, September 21. “We know attendees will have a great time enjoying the performances by these artists, along with the rodeo.” said Tim O’Toole, president & CEO, Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. “With the addition of bronc riding to this event, Fairgoers can expect an exciting evening.” The State Fair Scholarship presentation will take place Saturday, September 21, immediately following the final bull ride of the evening. Eleven deserving Oklahoma students will receive a one-time scholarship as they enter their first year of college. The ceremony will be followed by Scotty McCreery’s performance. The 2019 Oklahoma State Fair runs September 12 through 22. PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Broncs, Double Trouble Tour & Concerts tickets go on sale Saturday, -56- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

July 6. Tickets can be purchased at the State Fair Park Box Office, online or by calling 405-948-6800. A PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Broncs, Double Trouble Tour & Concerts ticket includes an outside gate admission ticket to the 2019 Oklahoma State Fair if purchased on or before September 11. An additional outside gate admission ticket is required for entrance if event ticket is purchased after September 11. Tickets to the 2019 Oklahoma State Fair, including Disney On Ice, PRCA Xtreme Bulls & Broncs, outside gate admission tickets and carnival armbands, go on sale Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m. To stay up-todate on all the Fair fun, visit And don’t forget to share your Fair memories and stories with us using #OKStateFair and #FunMadeHere.

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There are 36 county fairs throughout this great state, and each one is a source of local pride. This competition — “The Best of the Best” — takes that pride up a notch by providing an even bigger and more public platform for competition winners from counties. Think of it as a throwback to the good ol’ days, when all roads did indeed lead to the Oregon State Fair. The Best of the Best Competition features three primary areas of competition: Livestock — via existing FFA and 4-H competitions Talent Show — via the Oregon Fairs Talent Search Static Displays — via our Creative Living Department Livestock Competition When 4-H and FFA participants enter their animals in competition at the county fair level, winners are automatically eligible to compete at the State Fair as part of The Best of the Best Competition. For more information on the livestock portion of the Best of the Best

competition, please contact Caleb Forcier at cforcier@oregonstatefair. org or 971-701-6570. Oregon Fairs Talent Search County fairs that choose to host local amateur talent contests can add to the winners’ prize by providing eligibility to compete at the Oregon State Fair as part of The Best of The Best Competition. A talent show is excellent fair programming, because it draws friends and families through the admission gates. Such shows are easy and inexpensive to produce, and they give fairgoers even more entertainment value for their dollar. The top three finalists from participating county fairs will be invited to perform at the Oregon Fairs Talent Search Finals on Saturday, August 24th in Salem. For more information, please contact us at 971-701-6573 or Static Displays in Creative Living Each participating county can enter

static displays in six different Creative Living categories, as described in our 2019 Best of the Best Handbook (coming soon). Crafts (ages 18 and up) — Junior/ Teen Crafts (ages 17 and younger) Textiles (ages 18 and up) — Junior/Teen Textiles (ages 17 and younger) Visual Arts (ages 18 and up) — Junior/Teen Visual Arts (ages 17 and younger) One ribbon — combined with a cash prize — will be awarded to one entry in each of those six categories. Counties are asked to indicate their interest in participating no later than June 1st by contacting the Creative Living Department by e-mail at or by phone at 971-701-6571. Online entries are due on August 19th.

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Oldest Known Fair in York

The traditions of fairs in the New World began with the York Fair, America’s first fair, held in the historic old Town of York in 1765, eleven years before the nation was founded. The York County Agricultural Society Board of Directors has voted to change the dates of the York Fair. Effective in 2020, the York Fair will take place July 24 through August 2. The 2019 dates will remain September 6 through September 15. “Regardless of the date for which the Fair is held, the York Fair will continue to be America’s First Fair and will carry on many of the outstanding traditions such as agriculture and entertainment that the Fair has built in its 253year history”, stated Bryan Blair current COO. The decision to change the Fair dates is based upon fair trends, research and discussions with participants, vendors, exhibitors, and Life Members. Another important factor in the change of dates is that schools will not be in session, which allows the potential for families to have more time at the Fair and to not compete with -58- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

school related activities. “The York Fair will also look to establish new traditions around the July date and explore bringing back some of the traditions that have perhaps disappeared in recent years. The staff and board members plan to work to become a community partner and build community relations with many local organizations and individuals as we make the York Fair the showcase of the year for all things York and southern Pennsylvania. My goal as the incoming CEO is to produce the highest quality Fair, regardless of the time of year, and we will be giving the Fair a new look that will be noticeable in 2020 to go along with our date change”, stated Blair. The York Fair also will work to enhance the educational component of the Fair so that it can continue to give people an opportunity to learn about agriculture and local industry. Livestock is shown at Fairs throughout the

country in the summer and with the date change being announced at this time, there is adequate time for the exhibitors to make this transition here in York. The date change also allows for the potential of higher quality concert entertainment in the summer time, and Deggeller Attractions has agreed to continue as the midway provider in July. The Outlaws & Renegades Tour featuring Travis Tritt & the Charlie Daniels Band will be coming to the York Fair on Thursday, September 12 at 7pm showtime. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 am. Tickets will be available at yorkfair. com, or by phone order (717)-8482033. Ticket prices will range from $35 to $20, advance purchase includes admission to the Fair.

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We’re counting down - the Washington County Fair is taking place August 14 - 18, 2019! Five days of fun for the whole family! 2019 will marks the 53rd year of the Washington County Fair! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the exciting announcements! Owned and operated by the volunteers of the Washington County Pomona Grange, the Washington County Fair, a non-profit organization, has been a great New England tradition for the past 52 years! The Fair is Rhode Island’s largest agricultural event. One of the biggest draws to the Fair is today’s Country Music Stars! Admission includes access to -60- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

all daily concerts, special acts and events, the giant midway and kiddy land area (all ride tickets and games separate), all agricultural events and shows, exhibits and displays, tractor and horse pulls, the farm museum, and much, much more! Admission is $11 for adults, and includes all Fair activities besides rides. Children 10 years of age and under are admitted free of charge. Parking is free! Tickets do not include rides, ride tickets must be purchased inside the Fair. Fair gates are open from 8am to 11pm, with most activities and vendors opening at 10 a.m. Last shuttle to offsite parking leaves at 11:30 p.m. The Fair features the Main Stage pine grove where you can relax and enjoy some of music’s

hottest acts. The Midway is full of the rides you look forward too every year, as well as some new additions! Also, for the second year, the Midway will feature New England’s largest traveling roller coaster! Special kid’s competition games are scheduled each day, kicking off with a Three legged race at 1 p.m. Wednesday. There will be an egg toss, a mooing contest, potato sack race, pedal tractor pull and corn shucking contest. Bring the entire family for five full days of FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT! For more information, visit online at www.

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Free Circus Fun is in store for State Fair Visitors

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Fair is adding a mix of new attractions to this year’s event in celebration of its 150th anniversary fair, which has been themed “Prize Winning Memories,” Oct. 9-20, in Columbia. The S.C. State Fair will showcase a free, daily “CIRCUS at the Fair,” featuring colorful shows under a 1,300-seat big top with live performances including high-wire artists, daredevil motorists, clowns and more. The hour-long show will take place three times each day throughout the run of the fair. There is no additional cost for attending the circus, which is free with fair admission. “We want to offer our patrons even more ways to enjoy the fair with their families this year, and this circus will combine a mix of the new with nostalgic entertainment that has captivated our state through the years,” said State Fair Manager Nancy Smith. Guests will also experience their favorite Midway rides, fried treats, blue-ribbon produce, musical acts and more at this year’s fair. “Our State Fair is a celebration of everything that is great about South Carolina, and we are excited to put that greatness on display again during our special 150th Anniversary event,” Smith said. Music will continue to play a central role in this

year’s S.C. State Fair. There will be free, daily concerts in the 1,000-seat Pepsi Place arena featuring local and regional artists. Other notable features of this year’s fair include a special pictorial postal cancellation stamp marking the 150th anniversary, a history of the S.C. State Fair, and a display of fair memorabilia. Traditional favorites also will return for the 150th anniversary fair, including a Midway with 70+ rides, nearly 70 food stands, arts & crafts displays, pig races, livestock exhibits, stage shows and roving grounds entertainment. This year’s fair also will feature an expanded Heritage Village with historic cultural exhibits offering snapshots of yesteryear. There will be no price increases for this year’s S.C. State Fair. Every county across the state will be represented during this year’s fair. Discount admission and ride tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 4. For more information on ticket sales and general fair information, visit

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People To See: HURON. – The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2019 State Fair theme – “There’s No Time Like Fair Time!” “The 2019 theme highlights the genuine excitement and energy people have for the fair. Fair time is a special time of year!” said Peggy Besch, South Dakota State Fair manager. “Whether you show animals at the fair or just come for the grandstand, there is something special about walking onto the fairgrounds for the first time each year. The blend of fresh woodchips, hot corndogs and sweet cotton candy rush your nose as you head to your destination, bringing back memories of nights running around the carnival or days with friends and family in the barns. There just simply is no time like fair time.” Each year the South Dakota State Fair boasts a variety of events including livestock shows, 4-H exhibits, carnival rides, free entertainment, and top-notch grandstand entertainment. The fair also hosts well over 400 vendors for fairgoers to visit. An updated State Fair logo has also been designed. The 2019 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2. Channel Seeds preview night will be Wednesday, Aug. 28. Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Little Big Town will hit the grandstand stage Aug. 31 with their concert. The band recently received their third career Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their multi-week #1 platinum-selling hit, “Better Man,” off their chart-topping album, “The Breaker.” Their latest album debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 All Genre chart. In the past seven years they have won over 20 awards, including Grammys, CMAs, ACMs, People’s Choice awards, and an Emmy. Brothers Osborne will perform at the grandstand Sunday, Sept. 1. Brothers Osborne have been climbing the country music charts since their debut in 2013 with hits like “Stay a Little Longer,” “It Ain’t My Fault,” and “Shoot Me Straight.” -62- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

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Their debut album, “Pawn Shop,” was released in 2016 and has been certified US Gold, climbing to the number three spot on the country charts. Last spring, they released their follow up album, “Port Saint Joe” which has climbed to a number two status on the country charts, and they have no intention of stopping any time soon. The Beach Boys will take the stage Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at 866-605-3247 or at the box office at the Grandstand Ticket Office located at the Nordby Exhibit Hall-1060 3rd St. SW, Huron, SD 57350 For more information on State Fair events, contact the fair office at 800.529.0900, visit or find it on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Tennessee State Fair proudly presents “On the Mooove,” its theme for the 2019 edition of this landmark event, which was inaugurated more than 150 years ago. This year’s Fair continues the longstanding traditions of family entertainment, educational experiences and state pride. Operated and managed by a volunteer board, the Fair invites you to share in the excitement of this year’s ten day extravaganza beginning Friday, September 6 and continuing through Sunday, September 15. The Tennessee State Fair is an annual event that highlights what makes America and Tennessee great. Across the country, State Fairs are more than just a good time. They are hands-on exhibits of how we live our lives. The Fair features arts and crafts, explores agriculture and allows attendants to have new and exciting experiences. From honoring

the State’s best homemade apple pie to the thrilling rides, the Tennessee State Fair has something for everyone to enjoy. The Tennessee State Fair Association was formed to promote the education of agriculture, horticulture, the creative arts, performing arts, industry, commerce, recreation, economic development, natural resources, and related areas to the public, through the planning, promotion, conduct, and operation of an annual Tennessee State Fair. Don’t Miss - The Great Lakes Timber Show features chainsaw carving, axe throwing, wood chopping, one and two-man crosscut sawing, modified chainsawing, log rolling, and lots of family friendly entertainment! Take in the show in Volunteer Village after you grab a bite to eat from the Paradise Ridge saloon or one of our many Equine Events! Featured in our new Family Fun

Zone are the Hedrick’s Racing Pigs! Come see some trained pigs race around a track! It’s sure to be a fun, and hilarious, event for all ages. You’ll be surprised at these cute little athletes! Curly The Kid and Colonel Phil Good will ride back into Volunteer Village, with their 2018 version of the Western Comedy Show. These two crazy cowboys can’t wait to tell fairgoers about their “Brand New, New and Improved, Bigger And Better, Miracle Tonic” that’s sure to cure all that ails ya. Shades of The Three Stooges and Mel Brooks, this wacky duo is always a crowd pleaser for audiences of all ages. For more information and complete schedule of events, visit

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Celebrate Creativity


tion of all things Texan, the State Fair of Texas serves as a showcase for this creative progression over the years and applies it to how we approach our own nonprofit mission of promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement.

Celebrated far and wide by those young and old, creativity is a gift that draws inspiration from everyday life. It is stitched in the fabric of Texas history, proudly illustrating our Lone Star State culture and the many ways Texans express their ingenuity. From painting to cooking, designing to inventing, and everything in between, the State Fair of Texas is excited to highlight Texan artistry through its 2019 theme, “CELEBRATING TEXAS CREATIVITY.”

“This year’s theme celebrates something that plays an ongoing role throughout every corner of the Fair,” says Mitchell Glieber, State Fair of Texas President. “Creativity produces everything you see on the fairgrounds each year – new exhibits and shows, ribbon-winning entries in Creative Arts, and one-of-a-kind Fair food. Outside of Fair season, it influences growth in our year-round initiatives, like the hydroponic growing systems added in Big Tex Urban Farms, creating workshops and capacity-building programming with local organizations, and fundraising events supporting the Big Tex Scholarship Program.”

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Known for celebrating the creativity of Texas each year, the Fair’s Creative Arts department has been an integral piece of the State Fair of Texas since the very beginning. Offering more than 1,100 different contests, Creative Arts provides people of all ages an outlet to show off their skills and Texan pride. As a nod to the patchwork design traditionally found on quilts and craft projects, this year’s theme art recreates Big Tex’s iconic outfit into a Creative Arts masterpiece that could be found at the Fair. Join in on “CELEBRATING TEXAS CREATIVITY” by trying your hand at participating in Creative Arts at the Fair. You can see all of the ribbon-winners displayed inside the Creative Arts building during this year’s 24-day run. For more information on 2019 Creative Arts contests and how to enter, visit CreativeArts.

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Tim Brick!

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, band leader and all around working man are just some of the words used to describe Tim Brick. Born the son of a hard living long distance trucker, Tim’s music reflects a soulful edge that isn’t afraid to get rowdy, while at the same time, is tempered by a surprising vulnerability.

complacent with the classical country formula for a variety of reasons, others like Charlie Marie are finding some untapped magic in the old world charm of the music that brought them into this medium to begin with.

Lisa Dufresne

Charlie Marie!

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Lisa Dufresne has turned her love of animals into a lifelong career. With more than twenty years experience training animal acts of all kinds, her performances with her animals have delighted audiences across the world. Lisa’s

horses have waltzed their way into Japan, danced in the Main Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and circled the United States for various circuses, stage shows, fairs and horses theatres, including a number of years performing with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey!

Grit-N-Whiskey! 2017 North Country Music Award winners Grit-N-Whiskey will play the Sugarhouse Stage.

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DOSWELL— State Fair of Virginia organizers have re-focused their energies to “celebrate all things Virginia.” The event’s leadership has adopted a new mission to “nurture, preserve and celebrate the best of Virginia’s culture: past, present and future.” “There’s nowhere like Virginia, and no event quite like the State Fair, and we’ll be planning this year’s fair with attention to three core values: inspiration, joy and preservation,” explained Marlene Jolliffe, the fair’s executive director. “The State Fair is, first and foremost, a celebration, and there is an incredible bounty of things to celebrate about Virginia,” she added. “This includes artists, entertainers, craftspeople and generations of farmers who showcase what they raise, create and revere. Bringing all that together each year is what the fair is about.”

Accompanying the new mission is a new State Fair logo, created by Richmond-based Siddall Communications Inc. The 2019 State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 6 at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. Gate Pricing (available Sept.27-Oct. 6): Adult Admission: $15 (Children: $12) Children 4 and Under are free Senior (60+): $12 Season Passes- $40 (sales end Sept. 14) Unlimited Ride Wristband: $25 Individual Ride Tickets: $1 each, or $20 for a sheet of 25. (Rides will take between 3-6 tickets.) Information is available at Contact Greg Hicks, vice president of communication, at 804-290-1139

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Music & Comedy 20 NIGHTS OF MUSIC AND COMEDY Get ready to PARTY BIG at the Columbia Bank Concert Series, with nightly concerts performed by a star-studded lineup, Aug. 30 - Sept. 22, 2019. There is no better place to enjoy the sights and sounds of a show than in the Grandstand at the Washington State Fair, under the beautiful Northwest skies. Remember to check out the Pre-Show Parties - they are the best way to experience a concert at The Fair! BILLY IDOL/ Fri., Aug. 30 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. KEITH URBAN/ Sat., Aug. 31 with Special Guest Russell Dickerson Graffiti U World Tour 2019 Concert 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Urban’s latest single from Graffiti U “Never Comin Down,” follows his 24th #1 “Coming Home (featuring Julia Michaels). WEEZER Sunday, Sept. 1 7:30 p.m. / Doors open at 6 p.m. Known for songs, “Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” and more.


THE BEACH BOYS Mon., Sept. 2 Concert 6 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. AARON WATSON DANCIN’ N THE DIRT PARTY Thur., Sept. 5 9 pm ELI YOUNG BAND DANCIN’ IN THE DIRT PARTY Fri., Sept. 6 9 p.m. Please Note: Rodeo tickets are separate JOHN CRIST Wed., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. , Doors open at 6:30 p.m. BOYZ II MEN & 98 DEGREES Thur., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. CIARA Friday, Sept. 13 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. DARYL HALL & JOHN

OATESAn Evening With Saturday, Sept. 14 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. CHRIS TOMLINwith Tauren Wells Mon., Sept. 16 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. FOREIGNER with Special Guests Night Ranger Wed., Sept. 18 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 pm OLD DOMINIONwith Special Guest Brandon Lay Thur., Sept. 19 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. JEFF DUNHAMPassively Aggressive Tour Fri., Sept. 20 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m For more articles on Washington,


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1. Family Traditions Start your family traditions here at the State Fair of West Virginia! From nationally-known artists on the grandstand stage, to carnival rides and some of the best food in the state, there’s so much to do and so many memories waiting to be made. Buy your tickets today for the largest multi-day event in the state! 2. Fair Food From Cinnamon Rolls to the famous Mountaineer Burger and everything in between, there’s an abundance of options to choose from. You won’t leave here hungry! Check out our list of vendors here. 3. Concerts End your day at the fair by attending one of our Grandstand shows! Our star-studded line up is sure to offer a show for everyone. Buy your tickets here. 4. Carnival Enjoy the sights and sounds of the spectacular Reithoffer Carnival with rides for all ages and thrill levels. 5. Livestock Shows With our Tractor Supply Small Stock Arena and Southern States Large Stock Arena, the State Fair has the best livestock shows in town. Pigs, sheep, cows, horses, and even rabbits! Make sure to catch the Best Dressed Cow Contest and the Draft Horse Pull! 6. Free Entertainment With paid admission, we offer several different free entertainments to keep all families on their toes! Perfor-

mances on our Sprint Center Stage, the 5th Annual Car Show, Dairy Birthing Center, West Virginia Building competitions (fruits, vegetables, baked goods, quilts, etc.) the Heritage Village, Farm-to-Food Pavilion and more are all a part of the State Fair free entertainment. 7. Heritage Village Home to our Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden and WVU Extension High Tunnel Greenhouse this is a gardener’s paradise. The T.A.H.O.E. farm club antique tractors and the 4-H Council Circle round out this quiet corner of the fair. 8. Harness Racing Grab your family and cheer on your favorite horse all the way to the finish with our four days of exhilarating races! 9. Agriculture Education Farm to Food Pavilion- Teach your children the basics of agriculture in a fun way! The Farm to Food Pavilion is designed for children K-5 with unique activities to teach and promote agriculture. 10. Shopping With affordable merchandise and gifts throughout, you can take home several different keepsakes from the State Fair. Don’t miss shopping under the Grandstand. For more places to go, things to do, and people to see in West Virginia



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CHIPPEWA FALLS -- The Northern Wisconsin State Fair (July 10-14) has made its final 2019 Main Stage Line Up announcement with the addition of the Roots and Boots 90’s Electric Throwdown Tour featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye who will be performing July 10 at 8 p.m. and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts who will be taking the stage July 13 at 8 p.m. The complete lineup includes the Roots and Boots 90’s Electric Throwdown tour featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye (July 10), Hairball (July 11), Big and Rich with Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister (July 12), and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (July 13). All concert ticket pricing will increase $5 day of show. “We are thrilled to provide top entertainment for our Fair patrons and community,” stated Rusty Volk, Executive Director of the Northern Wisconsin State -70- | WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM ~ JULY, 2019

Fair Association, “And we are very thankful for Northwestern Bank and all our sponsors for the opportunity to give back to our community while showcasing accomplishments of our youth.” In addition to these artist announcements and seating options, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has added an additional feature to its VIP Area, offering a front of stage seat within the first 3 rows with the purchase of a VIP ticket. These VIP tickets will provide access from 5-10 pm to an exclusive area and include: one front of stage seat within first 3 premium rows, one adult fair admission ticket, a catered meal, refreshments (beer, wine, soda, and water), independent lounge area, private restrooms with A/C, and a separate entry/exit to the VIP area. Tickets are first come, first serve and limited to 50 VIP tickets per artist available to the public. These VIP tickets and all other tickets can be purchased online. “We invite everyone to attend

and participate in the 2019 Fair showcasing Chippewa County 4-H/FFA youth projects along with competitive exhibits for all ages,” Volk said. “For free admission to the fair, enter our competitive exhibits and enjoy the fun all week.” This will be the 122nd year of the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. Each year the fair offers a plethora of family-fun activities and big-name artists known across the world. From agriculture, to food, carnival rides and games, educational exhibits, vendor shows, and more, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair is truly a “Family Affair.” In addition to these Leinenkugel Main Stage Artists, Lambeau Field Live will be making a return for a second year, and several other new entertainment.

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Places to go, things to do, and people to see for the fun side of life. July issue featuring state fairs.

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Places to go, things to do, and people to see for the fun side of life. July issue featuring state fairs.