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Thu., Aug. 22, 2013, 1 p.m.

New stuff at the old Fair

Kootenai County Fairgrounds General Manager Dane Dugan is seen in a mirror reflection on the opening day of the North Idaho Fair at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. Kathy Plonka, SR photo

Dane Dugan has a confession: “I’m a fair junkie, there’s no denying it.”

He loves it so much he sleeps at the county fair. Actually that’s more of a necessity this week, where he’s putting in 20-hour days at the North Idaho Fair – his first as general manager of the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.

Dugan, 31 and single, interviewed for the job during the fair last summer and started in October. Ten months later, the fair has opened with a major makeover, including a vastly different layout, new entertainment and attractions, and more aggressive marketing to bring out the crowds.

Just three hours after the gates opened Wednesday, Dugan could see the changes making a difference. “This is crazy, this is actually more people than I was expecting,” he said. Full story. Scott Maben, SR

Was the Fair overdue for a makeover? Let us know what you think about the changes.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.