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Horses and riders stand near food vendors in August 2016 at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas. The fair is considering not having a concert this year due to budgetary concerns.

DOUGLAS (WNE) — With budget issues still ongoing, the Wyoming State Fair could remove a big-ticket event from its schedule in order to save money.

“We’re not sure about a concert,” Wyoming State Fair Board Chairman Joe Rankin told the Converse County Commission Dec. 18.

The concert has been a financial albatross for the fair, and removing it could save thousands of dollars, members of the new state fair board and staff said at a previous meeting.

“Even during the 100th, with a complete sellout, we lost money,” Rankin explained to the commissioners.

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The Wyoming State Fair has gone through massive shakeups over the past few years.

Last year’s truncated schedule received mixed reviews at best, and at the first ever Wyoming State Fair board meeting, the new board members voted to tack a day back onto the fair.

Last year’s switch to a four-day schedule was made in an effort to save money, but it failed to reduce costs significantly. Additionally, the condensed week caused headaches for many participants and made it difficult for kids who wanted to show more than one species of animal, opponents have said.

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