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A state fair is a competitive and recreational gathering of a U.S. state's population. It is a larger version of a county fair, often including only exhibits or competitors that have won in their categories at the more-local county fairs. Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... For other uses of the word fair see Fair (disambiguation) Fair is the name for the gathering together of people to display or trade produce or other goods, to parade or display animals and often to enjoy associated carnival or fairground entertainment. ...


Originally a state fair was just a competitive exhibition of livestock in various competitions, the display of farm products which were not necessarily for sale, and the competition among various fair goers and participants in such categories as handicrafts, baked goods, jams and jellies, etc., but has since been expanded to include carnival amusement rides and games, music, races, tests of strength and skill, etc. Large fairs can see more than a million visitors over the course of a week or two. Sheep are commonly bred as livestock. ... Farms, East of Gorgan, Iran. ... Carnival or Carnivale is an annual Christian festival season. ...


Events similar to state fairs are also held annually in each state capital in Australia, known as Royal Shows. Australian Royal shows are organised by state agricultural and horticultural societies, and are described further in the agricultural show article. An Agricultural Show or Livestock show is a judged event or display in which breeding stock is showcased. ...

Contents

List of state fairs

United States

Fair name Location Attendance (year)
Alabama State Fair Montgomery, Alabama
Alaska State Fair Alaska
Tanana Valley State Fair Alaska
Arizona State Fair Phoenix, Arizona 1,303,690 (2006) [1]
Arkansas State Fair Little Rock, Arkansas
California State Fair California 941,502 (2006) [2]
California Mid-State Fair California
Colorado State Fair Colorado 400,351 (2006) [3]
Connecticut Agricultural Fair Connecticut
Delaware State Fair Harrington, Delaware 307,000 (2007) [4]
Florida State Fair Florida 434,067 (2006) [5]
South Florida State Fair West Palm Beach, Florida
Georgia International Fair Perry, Georgia
North Georgia Fair Marietta, Georgia
Illinois State Fair Springfield, Illinois 700,000 (2006) [6]
DuQuoin State Fair Illinois
Indiana State Fair Indianapolis, Indiana
Iowa State Fair Des Moines, Iowa 1,053,978 (2006) [7]
Kansas State Fair Kansas
Kentucky State Fair Louisville, Kentucky 614,477 (2006) [8]
State Fair of Louisiana Shreveport, Louisiana
Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bangor State Fair Bangor, Maine
Maryland State Fair Timonium, Maryland
Michigan State Fair Detroit, Michigan
Upper Peninsula State Fair Escanaba, Michigan
Minnesota State Fair Minnesota 1,680,579 (2006) [9]
Mississippi State Fair Jackson, Mississippi
Missouri State Fair Sedalia, Missouri 340,000 (2005) [10]
Nebraska State Fair Nebraska 289,683 (2006) [11]
Nevada State Fair Nevada
New England's Great State Fair Massachusetts
Hopkinton State Fair New Hampshire
State Fair Meadowlands New Jersey
New Jersey State Fair Augusta, New Jersey
New Mexico State Fair Albuquerque, New Mexico
North Carolina State Fair Raleigh, North Carolina 795,930 (2005) [12]
North Dakota State Fair Minot, North Dakota 247,970 (2006) [13]
Great New York State Fair Syracuse, New York 932,387 (2006) [14]
Ohio State Fair Columbus, Ohio 814,512 (2006) [15]
Oklahoma State Fair Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Near 1,000,000 [16]
Tulsa State Fair Tulsa, Oklahoma 971,449 (2005) [17]
Oregon State Fair Salem, Oregon
Pennsylvania Farm Show Harrisburg, Pennsylvania over 400,000 (2006) [18]
Tennessee State Fair Nashville, Tennessee
Mid-South Fair Memphis, Tennessee
South Carolina State Fair Columbia, South Carolina
South Dakota State Fair Huron, South Dakota
South Texas State Fair Texas
State Fair of Texas Dallas, Texas Appx 3 million (2003) [19]
East Texas State Fair Texas
Utah State Fair Utah
State Fair of Virginia Richmond, Virginia
Central Washington State Fair Washington
Evergreen State Fair Washington
Western Washington Fair Puyallup, Washington
State Fair of West Virginia West Virginia
Wisconsin State Fair Wisconsin 861,408 (2006) [20]
Central Wisconsin State Fair Marshfield, Wisconsin
Northern Wisconsin State Fair Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Wyoming State Fair Douglas, Wyoming

Coordinates: Country United States State Alabama County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Mayor Bobby Bright Area    - City 404. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Location in Pulaski County, Arkansas Coordinates: , Country United States State Arkansas County Pulaski Founded 1821 Incorporated 1831 Government  - Mayor Mark Stodola Area  - City  116. ... The California Exposition and State Fair is the annual state fair for the State of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... The Connecticut Agricultural Fair is held annually the last full weekend of July on the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen, Connecticut. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Harrington is a city located in Kent County, Delaware. ... The Florida State Fair is a Tampa tradition that is over 100 years old. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Nickname: Location in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida. ... Perry is a city located in Houston County, Georgia. ... Historic Downtown Marietta Marietta is a city located in central Cobb County, Georgia GR6, and is its county seat. ... The Illinois State Fair is an annual festival, centuring on the theme of agriculture, hosted by the State of Illinois in the state capital, Springfield. ... : Home of President Abraham Lincoln United States Illinois Sangamon 60. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Indiana State Fair is held in Indianapolis, the state capital, usually in August. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: , County Marion Founded 1821 Government  - Mayor Bart Peterson (D) Area  - City  372 sq mi (963. ... The Iowa State Fair is an annual state fair held in Des Moines, Iowa. ... Nickname: Hartford of the West, City of Skywalks, Raccoon City, DSM Location in the State of Iowa, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Iowa County Polk County Incorporated September 22, 1851 Government  - Mayor Frank Cownie Area  - City  77. ... The Kansas State Fair is held in September. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Kentucky State Fair is the state fair of Kentucky, located at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville. ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... , : Port City , River City , Rachet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... Nickname: Motto: Authentic Louisiana at every turn Coordinates: , Country United States State Louisiana Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Founded 1699 Incorporated 16 January 1817 Government  - Mayor Melvin Kip Holden (D) Area  - City  79. ... This article is about the Maine, USA city of Bangor. ... The Maryland State fair is run 3 days of September, and is Held at the State Fairgrounds. ... Lutherville-Timonium is a census-designated place located in Baltimore County, Maryland. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... Escanaba [es-kuh-nah-buh] is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, located on the states Upper Peninsula. ... The Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in August 2003 The Minnesota State Fair, marketed for generations as The Great Minnesota Get-Together, is one of the largest state fairs in the United States. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Nickname: Coordinates: Country United States State Mississippi County Hinds Founded 1822 Government  - Mayor Frank Melton Area  - City  106. ... The Missouri State Fair is the state fair for Missouri which has operated continuosuly since 1901 in Sedalia, Missouri. ... Sedalia is a city located in Pettis County, Missouri, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 65. ... The Nebraska State Fair is a state fair held annually in Lincoln, Nebraska. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Big E, also known as The Eastern States Exposition, is billed as New Englands Great State Fair. It is the 6th largest agricultural fair in the United States, and the largest in the northeastern portion of the country. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,359 sq mi (24,239 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 3. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... The New Jersey State Fair®[1] is a non-profit agricultural fair held every August at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey. ... Augusta is a unincorporated hamlet located in Frankford Township, Sussex County, New Jersey. ... The New Mexico State Fair is an annual state fair held for 17 days in September at Expo New Mexico (formerly the New Mexico State Fairgrounds) in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. The event features concerts, competitions, rodeos, carnival rides, games, farm animals, horses, agriculture and... Nickname: Location in the state of New Mexico Coordinates: , Country United States State New Mexico County Bernalillo Founded 1706 Government  - Mayor Martin Chavez Area  - City  181. ... The North Carolina State Fair is an annual fair and agricultural exposition held in Raleigh, North Carolina and organized by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. ... Nickname: Motto: You Can See the Whole State from Here Map of Wake County, North Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States State North Carolina County Wake County i Founded 1792 Government  - Mayor Charles Meeker (D) Area  - City  134. ... The North Dakota State Fair is a state fair held each July in Minot, North Dakota. ... Nickname: Magic City Map Location in Ward County, North Dakota Political Statistics Founded 1886 Incorporated June 28, 1887 County Ward County Mayor Curt Zimbelman Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 37. ... The Great New York State Fair is an annual farmers exposition and a showcase of entertainment, education, industry, and technology sponsored by the State of New York. ... Nickname: The Salt City Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll Area  - City 66. ... The Ohio State Fair is probably the largest state fair in the US (sometimes considered second to the Texas State Fair). ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Tulsa State Fair is a large fair in Tulsa, Oklahoma which operates for a couple weeks in the late summer months. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Oklahoma Coordinates: Country United States State Oklahoma Counties Tulsa, Osage, Wagoner, Rogers Government  - Mayor Kathy Taylor (D) Area  - City  186. ... The Oregon State Fair is the official state fair of the U.S. state of Oregon. ... Nickname: The Cherry City Location in the state of Oregon Coordinates: County Marion County, Polk County Founded 1842 Government  - Mayor Janet Taylor Area  - City 120. ... The Pennsylvania Farm Show is held every January in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, just off Exit 67 of Interstate 81. ... Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Dauphin Incorporated 1791 Charter 1860 Government  - Mayor Stephen R. Reed (D) Area  - City  11. ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... The Mid-South Fair comes to Memphis, Tennessee, every year from September 23 through October 2. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Government  - Mayor Bob Coble, (D) Area  - City 346. ... Huron is a city located in Beadle County, South Dakota. ... The South Texas State Fair is an annual regional state fair held in Beaumont, Texas. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... The Texas Star, North Americas largest ferris wheel at the State Fair of Texas The State Fair of Texas is an annual state fair held in Dallas, Texas (USA). ... Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... Official language(s) No Official Language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  Ranked 13th  - Total 84,889 sq mi (219,887 km²)  - Width 270 miles (435 km)  - Length 350 miles (565 km)  - % water 3. ... The Virginia State Fair is a celebration of all things Virginia. ... Nickname: Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra (Thus do we reach the stars) Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Government  - Mayor L. Douglas Wilder (I) Area  - City 62. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... The Western Washington Fair more commonly known as The Puyallup Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. ... Puyallup, Washington (pronounced ) is a city in Pierce County, Washington about five miles east of Tacoma. ... The State Fair of West Virginia is an annual State Fair for West Virginia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... State Fair Midway The Wisconsin State Fair is a popular event held annually at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in the West Allis suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42°30N to 47°3N  - Longitude 86°49W to 92°54W Population  Ranked... The Central Wisconsin State Fair is a state fair held annually in Marshfield, Wisconsin. ... Marshfield is a city in Wisconsin. ... The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is a state fair held annually in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. ... Chippewa Falls is a city located on the Chippewa River in Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... The Wyoming State Fair is a largely agricultural exposition held every August in Douglas, Wyoming. ... Douglas is a city located in Converse County, Wyoming. ...

Awards

State and county fairs are famous for a variety of competitions. Awards are generally given according to the following scale

This article is about the symbol. ... A red ribbon, a ribbon colored red, has several different meanings in different contexts. ... The white ribbon, as other ribbons, is used by political movements to signify or spread their beliefs. ... Yellow ribbon flown in 1979 by Penne Laingen when her husband, US diplomat Bruce Laingen, was held captive during the Iran hostage crisis; among the first of the modern yellow ribbons. ... The green ribbon is been used as a symbol for many campaigns, including various campaigns for environmental justice. ... The orange ribbon is a symbol of the Ukrainian Orange Revolution of 2004. ... This article is about the antiviolence organization. ... At county and state fairs in the United States, a brown ribbon is the award for placing eighth in a contest. ...

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California State Science Fair (0 words)
The California State Science Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6 - 12, serving California's future scientists since 1952.
This is the official announcement of all acceptances for students in the 2007 Fair.
This year's Fair will be similar to those in recent years, but will see a change in the Category Award structure, and new, revised, and removed judging categories.
Minnesota State Fair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (710 words)
It is held at the state fairgrounds, adjoining the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.
At the fair, residents of the state and region come to be entertained, exhibit their best livestock, show off their own abilities in a variety of fields including art and cooking, learn about new products and services, and enjoy many different types of food—often on a stick.
In 1861 and 1862, the fair was not held because of the Civil War and the Sioux Uprising.
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