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Wyoming State Fair Wrangles Hunger

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

With the state’s premier summer event only weeks away, Wyoming State Fair (WSF) has announced another exciting addition to this year’s fair – its upcoming collaboration with the Wyoming Hunger Initiative’s Fair to Fork program.

The Wyoming Hunger Initiative was created by First Lady Jennie Gordon to combat hunger in Wyoming using in-state resources. The initiative’s Fair to Fork program purchases livestock raised by 4-H exhibitors, which is then donated to people in need across the state.  

“The collaboration between WSF and Wyoming Hunger Initiative aims to raise considerable awareness about the resources available to combat hunger in the state,” says WSF General Manager Courtny Conkle. “By combining forces, our two organizations will create an invaluable opportunity for visitors to learn more about their role in eradicating hunger in Wyoming, as well as the diverse resources accessible throughout the state.” 

Conkle encourages all WSF attendees to come forward, contribute and be part of this worthy cause. 

Mid-week celebration

The joint initiative will take place on Aug. 16 at the 2023 WSF, where an array of activities and celebrations will be held to highlight the significance of locally-raised food in ending hunger within the state. 

According to Conkle, the centerpiece of this collaboration will be the recognition and celebration of exhibitors who have actively participated in the Fair to Fork program. 

In an effort to encourage widespread participation and community engagement, a canned food drive will be organized during the day, and visitors will have the opportunity to gain discounted fair admission by bringing four cans of non-perishable food items. 

“For every four cans contributed, adults will gain entry to the fair for just four dollars, granting them access to the plethora of activities and attractions at the fairgrounds,” says Conkle. 

The Fair to Fork ceremony will commence after the swine breeding show, setting the stage for the swine Wyoming Bred and Fed Show.

Fostering inclusivity and accessibility

Conkle notes Aug. 16 will also be youth and military day at WSF. 

“WSF recognizes fostering inclusivity and accessibility is paramount. Therefore, on Aug. 16, all military personnel with proper forms of identification and all children under 12 can get in to the fair free of charge,” states Conkle. 

Additionally, WSF will offer discounted carnival ride wristbands to make the day a memorable experience for families from all walks of life.

“We are excited to support persons of all socioeconomic backgrounds in their efforts to attend WSF,” Conkle concludes.  

Hannah Bugas is the managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to

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