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July 31, 2014

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Nevada State Fair ending after 136 years amid budget crunch

The board of directors for the Nevada State Fair in Reno says there won't be one this summer.

Board members say budget shortfalls leave them no choice but to bring an end to the fair for the first time in 136 years.

Executive director Rich Crombie said in a statement Wednesday that a last-ditch fundraising effort had produced only a fraction of the estimated $250,000 needed to keep the fair from folding up its tent.

It means Nevada will join Michigan as the only states in the nation without state fairs.

Crombie says they are debt but don't intend to file bankruptcy. He says the hope is to continue to raise money for another state fair in the years ahead. The first Nevada fair was held in 1874.

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  1. A travesty!!!
    Another in a LOOOONG LIST of things Nevada can't figgur out, though virtually all other states can.

    What of the Carny's and sideshow freaks???
    hmmmm???

    No Corn dogs, foot-longs, cotton candy, deep-fried ice-cream...
    all barfed up after riding the zipper or some-such...
    The inhumanity!

  2. Sorry to see this happen but some common sense needed to be used.

    They are holding the State Fair in the the wrong area. You have Two Million people in So. Nevada yet you hold the fair in the North.

    I know it was good for the North but when you neglect the biggest part of the population you will not last forever.

  3. During WWII the Soviet Union had people on the other side of the Ural Mountains practicing ballet, playing in Symphonies, etc. Even though they lost 20 million people they knew if they were to survive as a culture they must have art, music and literature.

    While a State Fair or Cowboy Poetry may not be high culture, it is culture and a sense of community. We will never recover if we cut and cut. California and Utah have State Fairs, I guess they will get the business.

  4. We ought to hold a State Fair anyway -- in a hospital Emergency Room, with a dying patient named "Nevada."

  5. I would think that the fair would turn a profit. Our local county fair gets well over 200,000 paid admissions each year and makes money with aemissions, parking fees, exhibitor fees, a cut of the concessions, etc. They're a great profit making agency. They also make money holding various events such as car shows, concerts, trade shows, home shows, etc. at the fairgrounds throughout the year. The only negative is that the local businesses have a great drop in customers during fair time because everyone is spending their money at the fair instead of the restaurants, stores, etc.
    One would think they could make money on a State fair in every state. Every one I've ever been to (Arizona, Minnesota, Oklahoma) were extremely crowded.

  6. They managed to keep the fair alive through the depression. Maybe they should bring it back to its roots, get rid of the tacky commercial stuff.