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December 19, 2005 12:24 PM

More Controversy Surrounding State Fair


A Rapid City legislator wants South Dakota to abandon its annual state fair in Huron.
Republican state Senator Bill Napoli says the fair will never break even and he wants the Legislature to consider abandoning it.

He says his goal is to sunset the fair in the session that starts next month. Napoli says the Department of Agriculture could use some of the money saved to promote 4H and youth programs at other fairs around South Dakota.

Agriculture Secretary Larry Gabriel says he isn't ready to give up on the fair, but major changes are needed in dates, events, fees and other operations.

Governor Rounds is asking the Legislature for $994,000 to help the 2005 fair cover expenses.
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