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State Fair returns after pandemic hiatus but attendance down

Oct. 16, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attendance at this year's New Mexico State Fair dropped by about two-fifths from the 2019 fair, the last before the 2020 event was canceled because of the pandemic. State Fair General Manager Dan Mourning said Friday that 275,467 people attended...

Nearly 1-ton pumpkin sets record at North Carolina fair

Oct. 15, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The record-setting pumpkin at this year’s North Carolina State Fair can make a lot of pies. A news release from the fair on Thursday says Chris Rodebaugh of Lewisburg, West Virginia, set a record with a 1,965.5-pound (891 kg) pumpkin. That’s...

First in-person SC State Fair since pandemic opens Wednesday

Oct. 12, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina State Fair returns Wednesday after a hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Last year's event was drive-thru only due to a high number of COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, Department of Health and Environmental Control...

DuQuoin fair posts attendance gain

Oct. 11, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Attendance at the DuQuoin State Fair jumped 22% over what it was two years ago, officials said. More than 150,000 visitors entered the gates for the event's return in late August and early September, the Department of Agriculture reported last...

Red River rivalry at fair highlights week with Big 12 byes

Oct. 07, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

Some things to watch in Week 6 of the Big 12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas. While the Red River rivalry won't be a Big 12 game too much longer, the six-time defending Big 12 champion Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and...

Red River more normal for No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 21 Texas

Oct. 07, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — This is how the second Saturday of October is supposed to be for No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 21 Texas, even though their Red River rivalry won't be a Big 12 game for too much longer. The Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) are both nationally...

N. Carolina fair menu includes barbecue stuffed egg rolls

Oct. 05, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After missing last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the N.C. State Fair returns in 2021 with its annual list of diet-busting, heart-challenging concoctions, including a turkey leg stuffed with shrimp Alfredo and barbecue stuffed egg rolls. ...

State fair attendance healthy after pandemic layoff

Sep. 28, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials are celebrating attendance at this year's Illinois State Fair after it was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that the Springfield-based festival in August...

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...