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Horses and riders stand near food vendors in August 2016 at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas. The state director of the fair was relieved of his duties last March.

DOUGLAS (WNE) — The Wyoming State Fair Board relieved WSF Director James Goodrich of his duties last moth.

Goodrich served as state fair director for 12 years, starting back in early 2007.

Wyoming State Fair Board Chairman Joe Rankin, did not go into specifics about why Goodrich was relieved of his position on March 22.

“It was decided by the board to just take a new direction,” Rankin said. “After something’s been in place so long, you might get in a rut or whatever and you just need to make a left turn and see what happens, unfortunately.”

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The state fair board plans to hire an interim director shortly and will begin searching for its next permanent director thereafter.

The state fair has undergone numerous shakeups over recent years. Until late 2018, the fair was overseen by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. The Wyoming State Legislature created the WSF Board last winter, reducing the Department of Ag’s state fair responsibilities. The new board has 13 voting members from all over the state, representing a wide range of organizations with interest in the fair, from ag to business to the energy industry.

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