DOUGLAS – The Wyoming State Fair Board announced Wednesday that Courtny Conkle has been named manager of the Wyoming State Fair.

With deep roots in the fair community, Conkle brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective to the Wyoming State Fair, according to a news release. As someone who grew up in a fair family that runs concession businesses, she received an extensive and hands-on education by attending more than 300 fairs across 20 states with her parents before she was 16 years old.

In her professional career, she has managed a 64-acre facility, as well as livestock and exhibits for the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, where she went on to be named interim chief executive officer and fair manager. Most recently, she served as the chief executive officer of the Lake County Fair, where she supervised 250 employees and 400 volunteers, and oversaw the grounds and events year-round.

Conkle has been a member of the Western Fairs Association Board of Directors, International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Young Professionals Initiative chairwoman, WFA Blue Ribbon Foundation board liaison, and is currently a student in the IAFE Institute of Fair Management, which she will graduate from at the annual IAFE Convention in December.

“As someone who grew up in and around fairs, I’m excited to bring my skill set, passion for the fair industry and deep love for agriculture to Wyoming,” Conkle said in the release. “It has always been a goal of mine to manage a state fair and stepping in as manager of the Wyoming State Fair is a dream come true.”

The 2019 Wyoming State Fair is currently underway and will run through Saturday, Aug. 17 in Douglas. For more information, visit http://www.wystatefair.com/.

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