SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Elvin Dunn will step down as the general manager of the Ozark Empire Fair later this year. He'll be replaced by Aaron Owen who has been on the fair board of directors since 2007.
On Tuesday, the board revealed the theme of this year's fair is "Live Local." One of the new events on the grand stand is a battle of local bands. The fair begins its annual nine-day run on July 27.