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Vaccinations encouraged, not required at NC State Fair

Sep. 22, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — People attending the 2021 N.C. State Fair won't be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but it's strongly encouraged, officials said. Also, those going to the fair, which begins on Oct. 14, will be required to use clear plastic bags before...

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair returns with food, rides, fun

Sep. 19, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair returns after the COVID-19 pandemic squashed last year's event. “We feel that it is important for us to have an event this year,” Fair Chairman Cliff Barton said. “The COVID virus kept us from opening last...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 15, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

New York Post. September 14, 2021. Editorial: There’s a reason Rikers is such a dangerous hellhole: De Blasio just doesn’t care Mayor Bill de Blasio all but admitted the obvious Tuesday: The Rikers jail complex is a dangerous, out-of-control,...

Buffalo carved out of butter featured at Kansas State Fair

Sep. 12, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas's state animal — the buffalo — is being celebrated at the State Fair this year with a 700-pound butter sculpture. The Hutchinson News reports that a sculptor from Iowa, Sarah Pratt, had to do some research on buffaloes before she...

Invasive insect spotted in 4-H entry at Kansas State Fair

Sep. 12, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

HUTCHINSTON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State Fair officials judging the 4-H entomology entries last week discovered an invasive insect that prompted quarantines elsewhere. Fair Board member Gregg Hadley the student who caught the bug didn't know it had prompted quarantines in...

New vegan options at State Fair leads to ethical debate

Sep. 11, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The State Fair was back this year with some big new vendors and a variety of more inclusive food, including vegan items. Of the nine new vendors, four serve vegan options, including the ChoriPop at Midtown Global Market’s Andy’s Garage,...

State Fair final attendance: 1.3M, far below 2019 record

Sep. 07, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its 12-day run with total attendance of about 1.3 million, well below usual numbers as the delta variant kept many fairgoers away. The coronavirus wiped out the 2020 state fair, and this year's comeback returned...

Crowd creates disturbance as Minnesota State Fair closes

Sep. 07, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Law enforcement officers used a chemical spray to disperse a crowd that created a disturbance at the main gate to the Minnesota State Fair as it was drawing to a close, sheriff's officials said. One man who was part of the disturbance Monday...

After year off, people flock to UP State Fair, set records

Sep. 05, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — Who doesn't like a corn dog? Attendance at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba was up 3% to nearly 100,000 people, with records set on four of the seven days, The Daily Press reported. The mid-August fair was canceled...

Masks mandated for Washington State Fair visitors

Aug. 31, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — Visitors to the Washington State Fair will be required to wear masks at all times as Pierce County works to stem “unprecedented levels” of COVID-19. Dr. Anthony L-T Chen, health director for Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, announced a...