nevada http://michiganradio.org en Nevada joins Michigan, axes State Fair http://michiganradio.org/post/nevada-joins-michigan-axes-state-fair <p>Michigan and Nevada seem to be linked in some not-so-good ways.</p><p>High unemployment rates, high home foreclosure rates, and <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroits-slumping-home-prices-leading-nation">declining housing prices</a>.</p><p>And now... add the lack of a State Fair to that list.</p><p>In this age of austerity, Nevada has decided to cut its State Fair. Michigan cut its Fair back in 2009.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/west/view/20110309nevada_pulling_the_plug_on_state_fair_after_136_years/srvc=home&amp;position=recent">Associated Press</a> reports Nevada and Michigan are the only two states without a State Fair.</p><p>From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The board of directors for the Nevada State Fair says there won&#39;t be one this summer.</p><p>Board members say budget shortfalls leave them no choice but to bring an end to the fair for the first time in 136 years.</p><p>Executive director Rich Crombie said in a statement Wednesday that a last-ditch fundraising effort had produced only a fraction of the estimated $250,000 needed to keep the fair from folding up<br /> its tent.</p><p>It means Nevada will join Michigan as the only states in the nation without state fairs.</p><p>Crombie says they are debt but don&#39;t intend to file bankruptcy. He says the hope is to continue to raise money for another state fair in the years ahead. The first Nevada fair was held in 1874.</p></blockquote><p>The Michigan State Fair, said to be the country&#39;s oldest, was closed in 2009 because of declining attendance and budget shortfalls.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s &quot;<a href="http://michiganradiopictureproject.org/photo-essays/the-michigan-state-fair-83110/">Picture Project</a>&quot; has some fantastic images of Michigan&#39;s now defunct State Fair. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:10:30 +0000 Mark Brush 1576 at http://michiganradio.org Nevada joins Michigan, axes State Fair