12/22/2017 National Search Underway for Colorado State Fair General Manager

December 22, 2017
Contact:    Christi Lightcap, (303) 869-9005, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us
National Search Underway for Colorado State Fair General Manager
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Preparations for the 2018 Colorado State Fair are well underway as the Colorado Department of Agriculture begins a national search for a new Fair division director. Sarah Cummings, the Fair’s general manager since 2015, has accepted the executive director position for the Western Fairs Association headquartered in California.
“Managing the 12-month event calendar for the fairgrounds and organizing the 11-day Colorado State Fair is a tremendous undertaking. Sarah Cummings has made positive changes and I’m looking forward to the next General Manager building on that momentum,” said Don Brown, CDA’s Commissioner of Agriculture. “This position handles more than an annual event. There are year-round activities that must be developed and organized while also staying committed to promoting Colorado agriculture and supporting Colorado youth.”
In part, the position announcement calls for “a dynamic leader to efficiently direct the activities of the Colorado State Fair, while effectively meeting statutory requirements for the annual fair and exposition.” Specific duties and requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Responsibility for the efficient production of the annual 11-day Colorado State Fair with a focus on customer experience and satisfaction
  • Effectively manage the year-round operations of the 100-acre state fairgrounds with 57 permanent building structures
  • Manage and balance an $8 million budget with an eye toward budget efficiencies, including development and management of the 5-year budget and strategic plans
  • Develop and implement plans to increase facility use outside of the annual State Fair event
  • Manage contracts with various entities including entertainment, marketing, vendors, and sponsors
  • Six years of progressively responsible professional experience in the management of a multi-use facility with an annual festival or event.  Experience must include the management of a multi-million dollar budget; contract management; and local governmental affairs
  • Knowledge of the following: livestock; agriculture; horticulture; agricultural industry; recreation; education and scientific facilities; processes, and products of the state of Colorado (as stated in Statute)
  • Knowledge of 4-H and Future Farmer of America (FFA) programs and experience working with youth and advisors in those programs
The complete job posting and application instructions can be found at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/1935075/cda-state-fair-general-manager. The application deadline is January 12, 2018.
The Colorado State Fairgrounds provides year-round event facilities and rental opportunities. The 2018 Colorado State Fair will mark the Fair's 146th year as Colorado's premier celebration of agriculture. The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual State Fair event. In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado's ties to the Hispanic culture.  For more information on the Colorado State Fair, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.