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Wyo State Fair Brings Entertainment, Education

Written by Doug Miyamoto

By Doug Miyamoto, Wyoming Department of Agriculture Director

Welcome to the 103rd Wyoming State Fair!

The Wyoming State Fair is upon us once again, and I want to start by welcoming everyone to Douglas for the 103rd Wyoming State Fair. I am especially excited for this year’s event because this is my first fair as Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

The Wyoming State Fair started as a showcase for the agricultural products of the state, and I’m proud to say that we have maintained that focus throughout the history of the fair. Along with this agriculture focus, we have added some other great activities for the citizens of Wyoming along the way. We work hard on providing citizens of our great state with affordable, fun and educational experiences and entertainment while maintaining the culture, heritage and youth competition that makes the Wyoming State Fair great.

The Wyoming State Fair staff and numerous others are dedicated to making the 103rd celebration a great event for those who attend. Countless hours have been spent planning the event and preparing the grounds for the best possible experience at the Wyoming State Fair. This year’s theme is “Let the Good Times Roll,” and we are confident you will have a good time at this year’s event. In the grandstands, you can see the Demolition Derby, the State Ranch Rodeo Finals, three incredible concerts and our two PRCA events that always provide great rodeo action at an affordable cost.

While the Grandstand activities offer a wide variety of entertainment, they aren’t the only thing to enjoy at the Wyoming State Fair. Take some time to walk down the Midway to sample the great food, browse the trade show booths and enjoy a wide variety of free entertainment.

Above all, take this chance to visit the barns and exhibits to learn about Wyoming agriculture. The Wyoming State Fair gives youth and residents from around the state an opportunity to educate, learn and showcase their quality animals and exhibits. It also gives everyone who attends a chance to spend time with others from around the state to reconnect, share ideas and create new friendships. From young to old, there is something here for everyone in the family.

Finally, I hope you have the chance to enjoy the grounds in general. We have worked hard to continually improve the State Fair facilities and grounds since the first Wyoming State Fair in 1905. Multiple upgrades and renovations have been made over the last several years to the Wyoming State Fairgrounds to provide the backdrop you all see today. These renovations have provided more functionality and events during the Fair, and throughout the year. We are proud of the grounds and their continued improvement, and I hope you will be, too.

A lot of hard work and effort has been put into this event and these grounds and I am confident you will all have a great time. I look forward to seeing you all at the 103rd Wyoming State Fair this year!