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Fair Officials Spend Countless Hours Preparing For The Fair

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By Brandon Redmond

Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) John Pitz is the Twin Falls County Fair manager. During the course of a year, only 2 months are not spent planning for the upcoming fair.

"We start looking at artists for next year's entertainment; make sure that contracts are in place for the rodeo, the carnival, all that stuff we get going as far as long term contracts," said Fair Manager John Pitz.

Then the hard work begins about two weeks prior to the opening day.

"We start getting the final cut on the lawn, we get the hay put up so we have the parking lot, just start hanging banners and setting up parking lots and making sure everything, the water and the power," said Pitz.

These bleachers may be empty now, but come Thursday Night they'll be full as one of the most popular events come to the fairgrounds.

"It's like most things, behind the scenes there are usually more things going on then it appears. We have a booth here that we have to get setup here (CUT) at Merchant's Building number 1 which gives ladies a chance to come by and see what we're all about. We also bring merchandise and we'll be selling it just in front of the rodeo gate before the rodeo," said Stan Mae with Tough Enough to Wear Pink.

The long hours of planning for tough enough to wear pink come with a purpose, a purpose to raise awareness about a preventable killer.

"Thursday Night is all about raising the awareness for breast cancer. That's what tough enough to wear pink is. And Thursday Night we would like everyone to come out in their pink and say hey, you need to get your mammogram," said Mae.

For the fair manager, there's plenty of optimism about this year's fair.

"I think it's going to be great. We've had a really good response. Of course the new carnival has been setting up for a week," said Pitz.


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