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While Sporkie Gets a Drinkie, Wisconsin State Fair Fairgoers Runaway to the Cirque

While Sporkie Gets a Drinkie, Wisconsin State Fair Fairgoers Runaway to the Cirque

  The 2023 Wisconsin State Fair – the 172nd annual celebration of everything Badger State – recorded its best post-lockdown event and sustained its status as an iconic heartland fair.  Benefiting from a mostly cooperative Mother Nature, the 11-day extravaganza attracted 1,043,350, a 4 percent increase over 2022. Other noteworthy stats include highest-attended second Saturday ever, 100,000+ rides on the Giant Slide; 10,000+ competitive exhibit/animal entries, a record-breaking $403,150 Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction; and the Wisconsin Bakers Association served 307,000 Original Cream Puffs, the state's signature delicacy. “We're blown away by the commitment our incredible fairgoers, exhibitors, vendors, and staff have that continue to make the Wisconsin State Fair a time-honored tradition,” said Shari ...   [read more]
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Rain Pummels Meadowland Fair, but New Marketing Attracts More Diverse Communities

Rain Pummels Meadowland Fair, but New Marketing Attracts More Diverse Communities

  Mother Nature had little love for outdoor events in Northern New Jersey this summer.  One of the largest public gatherings in the state was a near washout this year. Twelve of the fair's 18-days were impacted by weather – and weather reporting.  July in the northeast was beset by passing thunderstorms and humid weather – and often the forecasts predicted rain. “When the reports called for rain and thunder showers, nobody comes,” said Al Dorso of State Fair Event Management. “We had a few days of real rain, but there were 12 days affected by weather and weather reports. We were down substantially. But the days that were sunny and bright were up substantially.”Making matters worse was the closing weekend deluge where days were either a washout or delayed the opening so long that “We lost ...   [read more]
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  Gaylord Otterbacher, 92, of Stoutsville passed away on September 21, 2023.  He was born on June 19, 1931 in Valley City, Ohio to Rupert and Grace (Shore) Otterbacher.  As a man who lived a full life he also carried a huge heart for his family and friends.  He was generous to a fault for anyone and everyone and always thought of others above himself.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by daughters Candy and Gale; son Phillip; grandson Thomas and siblings Melvin, Curtis and Jerry Otterbacher and Lois Gallapoo.  Missed by his wife of 48 years this past July Barbara (Stump) Otterbacher; Loving father of  Paul, Jason (Emily), Steven (Ali) and David (Dana) Otterbacher; grandchildren Stacy, Jon, Joey, Mary, Katie, Elizabeth, Jessica, Nick, Allison, Emily, Annie (Ernie), Justin, Sonya, Jon, Tyson, Nathan, Ryan, Magnus, Amelia, Lilian, Thorin, Leopold, Duncan, Payton, Kaitlyn, Hayden, Madison and Herschel; numerous great grandchildren; sister ...   [read more]
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  Hubert “Chip” F. Bullard III, 46, of Little River, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2023. Born on December 17, 1976, in Lumberton, NC, Chip was the son of Hubert F. Bullard, Jr. and Kathy Barnes Bullard. Following graduation from Lumberton High School, Chip attended Cape Fear Technical College. He joined the US Coast Guard and following his Honorable Discharge, he moved to Little River South Carolina where he began his entrepreneurship in the landscaping business opening “Exquisite Landscape” before beginning “Chipper” Grill Concessions years later. Chip enjoyed watching college football and was a proud “Dawg”, always pulling for Georgia! His talented craftsmanship was obvious with every woodworking or building project he completed. He shared his work with those he loved. An outgoing and great personality, Chip could charm anyone and never met a stranger. He was fun loving and a friend to all who knew him. Surviving in addition to ...   [read more]
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  • Ray Cammack Shows
    Arizona State Fair
    9/23/2023 to 10/30/2023 - Phoenix, AZ
  • Powers Great American Midways
    Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair
    9/28/2023 to 10/7/2023 - Goldsboro, NC
  • Reithoffer Shows
    Cleveland County Fair
    9/28/2023 to 10/8/2023 - Shelby, NC
  • Strates Shows
    Carolina Classic Fair
    9/29/2023 to 10/8/2023 - Winston-Salem, NC
  • Independent Midway
    State Fair of Texas
    9/29/2023 to 10/22/2023 - Dallas, TX
  • Fiesta Shows
    Topsfield Fair
    9/29/2023 to 10/9/2023 - Topsfield, MA
  • Big Rock Amusements
    Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair
    9/29/2023 to 10/7/2023 - Lumberton, NC

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  1. State Fair of Texas - Dallas, Tx
  2. Houston Livestock Show - Houston, TX
  3. Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
  4. Eastern States Exposition - Springfield, MA
  5. Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) - Toronto, ON
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