From the Nevada State Fair:

The Board of Directors for the Nevada State Fair met last night and came to a decision that was difficult to make but was sadly inevitable to do. For the first time in the history of the fair (since 1874), there will not be a state fair this year, ending a 136 year run that established itself as being the longest running event in Nevada.  

After months of painstaking efforts to reach out to sponsors, community leaders, government officials, and most recently the general public, The Nevada State Fair was not able to generate the necessary funding to overcome an enormous debt coupled with the necessary money needed to produce the 2011 fair. To date, only 13% of the total amount needed has been raised or pledged which is far from the goal. 

We want to express our most sincere and humble gratitude to the many volunteers and supporters of the Nevada State Fair who stood by her over the past several years, and especially in the last several weeks. The local folks and 4H kids & leaders who came to Casale's for spaghetti dinners and to Legends for the Nevada Round Up to put their dollar bills in the kitty, and who sent in notes, emails, and checks over the past month, are to be commended and applauded for their devotion and understanding of the importance of this storied state tradition. We recognize the fact that there are many individuals out there who are passionate about the Nevada State Fair and their dedication and pride as Nevadans shined brightly through all of their efforts to save it.

Unfortunately, the fair was not able to raise enough support and funding from citizens statewide, major corporations, or government agencies and officials to help offset the deficit which could've potentially kept the event going. 

Those individuals whose donations we were able to track (checks, electronic, etc.) will be offered their donations back if so desired. All other donations will be put towards rebuilding the fair. It is our intention to not file for bankruptcy, but to continue efforts to raise money to satisfy the fair's debts which could perhaps put us in a position to revive the fair at some later date in the future.

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