County Names New Fair Manager

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead County Fair Board announced the new fairgrounds operation manager on Tuesday.

Mark Campbell, 51, will take over county fairgrounds operations on Oct. 15, according to a statement from fair board Chairman Butch Woolard.

Campbell has worked as a manager at four different fairgrounds. His most recent post was at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, Wash., where he was hired in 2002. His involvement with fairs began with 4-H and FFA, and during college he completed fair management internships at the Yuba-Sutter Fair in Yuba City, Calif., and the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, according to the statement.

“Mark has 25 years of experience in managing and overseeing fairgrounds,” Woolard wrote. “He understands the fair industry and is excited to begin work in building upon the traditions and business potential of our Northwest Montana Fairgrounds.”

Campbell also served as the chair of the California Fair Services Authority from 1993 to 1996 and the Washington State Fair Association Board from 2000 to 2005.

“It’s very rewarding to work in the fair industry. Fairs should reflect the broad interests of their communities while showcasing the talents and skills of individuals,” Campbell said in the statement.

“When organized in such a way, the positive economic and moral impacts to that community are endless. I also believe in utilizing the facilities extensively to maximize these public spaces. Growth of the fair and fairgrounds are directly connected,” Campbell wrote.

The fairgrounds operation manager position had been open since February, when the fair board decided not to renew then-Manager Jay Scott’s contract. Board member Ted Dykstra Jr. filled in as interim manager after the decision.

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