Doherty to head Colusa County Fair Board


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The 44th District Agricultural Association has selected Michael Doherty to serve as president for 2020. 

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Doherty to the Colusa County Fair Board of Directors in 2016. 

Doherty, who lives in Arbuckle, is a longtime farmer and the owner of Gridenstone Wines. He is a member of the Colusa County Farm Bureau and Colusa County Fair Foundation. 

Doherty replaces outgoing President Victor Matamoros, who held the position for two years.

The Fair Board last week also selected Walt Seaver to serve as vice president. Seaver has served on the board since 2012.

The 44th District Agricultural Association, which has fiscal and policy oversight of the Colusa County Fairgrounds, hosts both the Colusa Farm Show and the Colusa County Fair. 

Fair CEO Laura Ford will continue to serve as the Fair Board’s secretary. 

At the board’s Jan. 29 meeting, Colusa County Fair planning took center stage. 

“Once we get through the Farm Show it will be full on fair,” Ford said. 

The Colusa County Fair will be held June 11-14, seeming later in the month to most people because of the leap year and the first of the month falling on a Monday. 

“The Colusa County Fair is always the second week in June,” Ford said, noting that she had numerous calls about the later than usual dates for the exposition. 

The theme for the 2020 fair is “Barn in the USA.”

Plans are underway for the Miss Colusa County and Mini Miss pageants, Livestock Auction, Destruction Derby, carnival, live entertainment, and more, officials said. ■

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