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Minnesota State Fair to add metal detectors at gates

Jan. 19, 2020 3:54 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair's governing board decided Sunday to add metal detectors at all 11 of its gates beginning this year. General manager Jerry Hammer said the process will be similar to what people experience at other big venues, such as the Xcel Energy Center and US Bank...

Going up: Iowa State Fair admission ticket prices

Jan. 9, 2020 6:28 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It will cost you more to attend the Iowa State Fair this year. Gate prices for adults will rise to $14 from $12 last year, and tickets for children ages 6 to 11 will increase to $8 from $6, the fair announced Wednesday. Advance purchase prices are going up a dollar: to $9 for adults...

Dallas Stars fans get hyped in the midway outside the Cotton Bowl before the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Outdoor hockey in Texas? Sure thang, and was a hoot to boot

Jan. 1, 2020 7:31 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Clare chewed on a turkey leg as he milled about the Texas state fairgrounds hours before another major sporting event inside historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. No, this wasn't the Texas-Oklahoma football game, always held in October during the fair. Clare has never been to the annual Red...

The Nashville Predators go through hockey practice at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 before playing in the NHL Winter Classic against the Dallas Stars on New Year’s Day. (AP Photo/Stephen Hawkins)

Texas-sized NHL Winter Classic for Stars, Preds in Cotton

Dec. 31, 2019 8:30 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Welcome to a Texas-sized NHL Winter Classic. The annual showcase is going to be one big outdoor game when the Dallas Stars host the Nashville Predators at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium on Wednesday — even without “Big Tex” booming out the customary “Howdy,...

Virginia state fair exhibitors eligible for scholarships

Dec. 23, 2019 4:33 AM EST

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) — Children who exhibited livestock in the 2019 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 scholarships offered by the State Fair. The scholarships total $19,640 and will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate (13-15); and...

Re-established Springfield brewer fixes fairgrounds pavilion

Dec. 21, 2019 9:18 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair's popular Food-A-Rama received a $10,000 sponsorship from Reisch Charities. The brewer of Reisch Gold Top Beer's donation will finance repair of the pavilion's roof, sandblasting the metal support structure and a fresh coat of paint, state officials said...

8 Nebraska State Fair workers lose jobs amid restructuring

Dec. 2, 2019 8:31 AM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Eight full-time employees at the Nebraska State Fair have lost their jobs. The Grand Island Independent reports the workers were fired last week as fair officials restructure the organization amid financial problems. State Fair Executive Director Lori Cox says the restructuring...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma defensive end Ronnie Perkins (7) and linebacker Curtis Bolton (18) tackle Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard (30) during an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. The Bedlam rivalry between No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 21 Oklahoma State is back at the end of the regular season after earlier November dates the past two seasons. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP, File)

Big 12 rivalries include Bedlam, Red River and ‘Farmageddon’

Nov. 27, 2019 1:35 PM EST

Bedlam and “Farmageddon” will close out the Big 12 regular season. The Bedlam rivalry between No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 21 Oklahoma State is back at the end of the regular season after earlier November dates the past two seasons. This is the third year in a row Kansas State and Iowa State play on the...

Nebraska State Fair finance head quits, citing losses

Nov. 22, 2019 6:40 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The finance director of the Nebraska State Fair has resigned, saying the state fair may be on the verge of bankruptcy. Patrick Kopke resigned Friday at a meeting of the fair board, telling members that his concerns about excessive spending had not been addressed. NTV reported that...

East Texas Legionnaires' outbreak linked to hot tub display

Nov. 21, 2019 8:11 PM EST

TYLER, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a hot tub display at an East Texas state fair in September is the likely source of contamination which led to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that’s killed one person and sickened seven others. Officials in Tyler have closed the convention center where the...