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Is the Nevada State Fair in Danger of Closing?
Is the Nevada State Fair in Danger of Closing?

AIR DATE: February 3, 2011

After 137 years, is the Nevada State Fair going to close its tents? The fair is "virtually penniless" and over $204,000 in the hole. The fair featured a kaleidoscope look of Nevada's history, from stagecoach chases to mining. Its directors tried to re-brand its image last year, going as far as to include Civil War reenactments. If the fair closes, Nevada will be the second state to lose its state fair. Can it be saved? Some locals work the whole year toward showcasing at the fair. Who will be affected if it closes? And how does the closing of a Reno fair affect us in Southern Nevada?

Rich Crombie, Exec Dir, Nevada State Fair
Mackenzie Lange, Pres, 4-H Club of Washoe County/Reno

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I kept thinking, while listening to the leaders of the Nevada state fair, "who cares?" The state fair must be important to somebody--perhaps they can bail it out? What does the state fair have to do with Clark County? For most residents, very little. The discussion made me wonder generally: what is Nevada anyway? With 70 pct. of the population in Clark County, and most of those people having little connection with the rest of the state, no wonder the state fair is failing. Who would want to drive all the way to Reno in August for the fair? Evidently, not enough people. And so I wonder how viable the state is, and wonder if Clark County might be better off in its own state, apart from Nevada.
JDFeb 1, 2011 12:34:10 PM
It seems they could change the focus of the state fair , to the future not the past .. Here the state wants to invite new industry. Also how about more focus on our potential for alternative energy sources ...
Maria HuffFeb 2, 2011 07:57:18 AM
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