Following a unanimous vote, the Colusa County Fair Board of Directors announced the appointment of Laura Ford as the Chief Executive Officer of the Colusa County Fairgrounds. Ford has been serving as interim CEO since November.
After reviewing the interim CEO position, the board felt it was in the best interest of the fair to appoint (Ford) as the CEO,” said Fair Board President, Victor Matamoros.
Matamoros added that Ford’s work ethic is superb and is overall a great employee.
“She cares for the community, and she puts a ton of work into everything she does,” Matamoros said. “She treats the fair as if it were her shop. She is a jewel, and we’re lucky to have her.”
Ford had been the fairgrounds office manager for 2.5 years and previously worked for the Butte County Fairgrounds.
“We’re delighted to have Laura as the CEO,” said Fair Board Vice President, Mike Doherty. “She had an opportunity to oversee Pumpkin Village, the Craft Fair, and the Farm Show and has done an outstanding job. She is going to be an asset to the fair, and to Colusa County.”
“I was thrilled when the board, as a whole, decided to hire (Ford) as the CEO,” said Fair Board member, Laurie Costa. “She has been through every event the fairgrounds has and has done a fabulous job.”
About Ford’s character, Costa said that she is “kind, hardworking, a great problem solver, and an overall incredible employee.
“I think we will continue to move forward in a positive direction.”
“I am excited to bring some new ideas to the fairgrounds,” said Ford following her appointment. “I am a small-town girl, and Colusa’s a small-town place. I love it here.”
The announcement came after a successful June county fair.
“We had a fabulous fair this year, it had a down-home community fair feel,” said Ford. “The weather was awesome, we had quality entertainment, and Johnston’s Amusements brought some great rides.”
Ford said her mission was to bring back the community fair feeling.
“I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel,” Ford said. “I wanted people to enjoy the fair, and have fun.”
“I love the fair,” said Costa. “It is a safe place for friends and family, and this year was no different. Moreover, the weather was excellent; I couldn’t have asked for more.”
With a community fair, comes community effort.
“We had a great deal support his year. There are too many volunteers to name. Everyone was willing to help and make the event a success.” said Ford.
“I think the fair was well run this year,” said Doherty. “I am looking forward to next year.”
Matamoros said he reiterates the comments of Costa and Doherty adding, “The county fair is a great family event. It’s a great way to get involved in the community. It’s always fun to see kids and their families having a good time.”
Fair exhibitors were showcased this year as the main exhibit hall was filled with works of art from local artists, photos, quilts, and other items.
“Our stills department worked hard this year,” said Ford. “All our entries were up.”
Ford wanted to thank the Glenn-Colusa Farm Credit for their help.
“They stepped up to help us fund our livestock exhibitors after the auction,” said Ford. “We were able to issue all of the exhibitors a check on Sunday. Thanks to Glenn-Colusa Farm Credit.”
With the sugar rush of cotton candy, corn dogs, and snow cones wearing off, Ford and her staff are starting on the next project.
“Now it’s planning for Pumpkin Village, the Craft Fair, and Farm Show,” said Ford.
Ford added, “I would like to thank the community, our fair board, the staff, and volunteers for all of their help. They’ve done a tremendous job. We couldn’t have done it without you.”■