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Wyoming State Fair preparing for crowds; safety precautions in place

A Wyoming State Fair employee helps paint ticket booths before Wyomingites come to Douglas in a few weeks
A Wyoming State Fair employee helps paint ticket booths before Wyomingites come to Douglas in a few weeks(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 6:49 PM CDT
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DOUGLAS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Painting ticket booths is one of the many preparations happening on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds before it is up and running Aug. 11 through 15.  This is one big event that hasn’t been canceled since the outbreak of COVID-19. 

Courtny Conkle, the State Fair manager, said there’s plenty of changes that people will see and hear. 

“We will have additional signs, 100 additional hand sanitizer stations, and increased janitorial staff. We will also have additional medical personnel on grounds,” Conkle said. 

She added that they will also have signs and audio announcements reminding everyone to social distance. 

Even with all of the changes, they are still trying to have the fair look like it has in the past. They will have fair food, events and livestock. 

“You’ll still be able to come and have a great day with your family that’s safe and responsible,” Conkle said. 

The grandstands normally hold over 4,000 people with portable bleachers that hold another 2,000.  However, this year they are capping the audience at 3,000. Tickets for the grandstand shows are going fast. 

“Especially with there being a bit less to do this year. I think people are going to be excited to come and see a good quality show,” Conkle said. 

Conkle adds there were many challenges like the scheduled carnival backing out and headline performances canceling, but she’s glad they conquered them and can still hold it. 

“We feel so blessed to be able to do this and show how events can be done responsibly and safely, but still continue to be economic drivers throughout the state,” Conkle said. 

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