Tuesday, May 11, 2021



Fair Board keeps leadership intact 

Michael Doherty serves as the 2021 Colusa County Fair board president.

The 44th District Agriculture Association has selected President Michael Doherty to remain at the helm of the Colusa County Fairgrounds for 2021. 

The Fair Board, at their Feb. 10 meeting, agreed to keep the current leadership in place for 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic causing the cancellation of most events the past year. 

Vice-President Walt Seaver will remain in the second chair. 

“It was a fun year last year,” joked Doherty. “I only hope that I get to be a president that has one year with an onsite carnival or something, as opposed to being the president that cancelled everything.” 

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Doherty to the 44th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors in 2016. The Fair Board selected him to serve as president in January of 2020, and he oversaw only the 2020 Colusa Farm Show before California locked down, and all state fairgrounds were closed to social gatherings. 

Doherty is a longtime farmer and owner of Grindstone Winery and Vineyards, in Arbuckle. 

He is also a member of the Colusa County Fair Foundation and Colusa County Farm Bureau. 

Brown appointed Seaver, who is a cousin, to the Fair Board in 2012. The Fair Board will also keep their committee assignments. 

Seaver will remain on the Junior Livestock Auction Committee. 

Terry Bresler will serve on the Farm Show Committee and Buildings and Grounds Committee. 

Dan O’Connell will serve on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and Colusa County Fair Foundation. 

Sue Gibbs will serve on the Farm Show Committee and Pageant Committee. 

Jamie Traynham and Victor Matamoros will serve on the Financial Committee. 

Tony Garofalo will serve on Buildings and Grounds. 

Laurie Costa will serve on the Pageant Committee. 

While the Fair Board will concentrate largely on holding the Colusa County Livestock Auction in person in June, they have also not ruled out a smaller Colusa Farm Show exhibition, possibly in late June or early July, as well as a stand-alone destruction derby.  

“Right now, the Farm Show status is that it is postponed,” Doherty said. “We did not cancel it.”

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