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Fundraising continues for 100th Wyoming State Fair

Written by Saige

Douglas – Nearly $100,000 has been raised toward the goal of $500,000 for the 2012 Wyoming State Fair.

The 2012 event marks 100 years of the event and promises to be packed with special events and improvements to the state fairgrounds.

A grant by the state of Wyoming provides matching funds when the $100,000 fundraising goal is reached, and matching dollars continue up to $250,000.
Individuals have the opportunity to help in fundraising efforts by purchasing any of several commemorative items.

Heritage pins and bracelets are now available, giving purchasers admission to the Wyoming State Fair for 100 years and these items are transferrable. A limited number of only 1,000 pins and bracelets will be produced, and each is individually numbered. The purchase of a heritage pin or bracelet also grants admission to a special event and grandstand events (excluding concerts) during the 2012 state fair. Heritage pins and bracelets are available for only $250.

By contributing a hundred year steer with the one-time cost of a steer calf or yearling steer or $750 cash, contributors receive all the benefits of pin or bracelet purchase, as well as recognition on the 100th Wyoming State Fair Monument and the chance to win a commemorative saddle, as well as a buckle. Only 150 buckles will be produced, making the item a collectible.

By purchasing all three items, the Wyoming State Fair will give the purchaser the opportunity to choose the number for all three items, completing a 100th State Fair collector’s set.

Additionally, the first 10 numbered bracelets, pins and buckles will be sold at auction to the highest bidder.
Two styles of boots will also be sold to commemorate the 100th Wyoming State Fair, available for $495 a pair. Boots feature an embroidered logo and are available in two colors.

With the upcoming holiday season, any one of the commemorative items is a great gift idea for your friends and family that enjoy attending state fair every year, says the committee.

Photos of all items are available at wystatefair.com.

Contributions will be used to finance special commemorative awards for youth and adult exhibitors, an illustrated commemorative book as well as permanent improvements to the grounds.  Fundraising efforts will also go toward providing special events and attractions for the 100th Wyoming State Fair.

While fundraising constrains the events that will be held, the committee has discussed adding a number of special attractions to the 100th state fair celebration events. Ideas include providing an additional concert featuring a rock n’ roll band, additional contests and displays from each county in the state.

The theme for the 100th Wyoming State Fair is “Times Change, Traditions Remain,” and fundraising efforts provide the unique opportunity for contributors to be an integral part of the celebration.

For more information, call 307-358-2398, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit wystatefair.com. Saige Albert is editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..