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Laramie County Fair has been a family tradition in Southeastern Wyoming since 1907. The very first Laramie County Fair was held in Wheatland, Wyoming. This is back when Wyoming only had twelve counties. Complete with a “Cheyenne Day,” the county fair was an event for all ages. From the exhibits handcrafted by the ranch wives across the county to the horse races on Friday night. The Laramie County Fair was the place to be during a hot day or chilly night in September.

From there, the Fair was moved to Burns,WY. Only staying in Burns for around 7 years, the Laramie County Fair then moved to Pine Bluffs, WY. But as most say, history repeats itself. The Laramie County Fair had to let go of its home to the government so the buildings could be used as a prisoner of war camp during World War II. After the war, the Laramie County Fair was restarted thanks to the national 4-H movement and moved to its current location in Cheyenne sharing Frontier Park with the Daddy of ‘em All, Cheyenne Frontier Days.

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With the purchase of the Archer Research and Extension Land in 2004, an 875 acre lot East of Cheyenne, Laramie County voters made it clear that they felt the fair needed a home of its own. Again in 2008, the voters approved to begin the infrastructure work on the Archer Complex and the building of a few administrative offices. Unfortunately, voters turned down a 6th Penny Tax proposition in 2012 to construct an event center at Archer.

However, on May 2nd, 2017, the residents of Laramie County were again given the option of a 6th Penny Specific Option Sales Tax and finally passed the construction of a 100,700 square foot Multi-Purpose Event Facility for the Archer Recreation Complex. This facility will have room for up to 6,800 people in Trade Show mode and will attract concerts, expos, rodeos and so much more! As of October 2017, the design team has met to begin “Phase One” of the facility which includes schematic designs. The below PDF file contains information in regards to the Archer Vision Plan for design.

The tentative Grand Opening of the Multi-Purpose Event Facility is scheduled for June 2019 and the first entire Laramie County Fair will be held that August.

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