Established by Action of the Board of County Commissioners dated March 4, 1952
The purpose of the Fair Board, as set forth by the BOCC, is to organize, promote, oversee, and financially account for the annual Montrose County Fair and Rodeo, negotiating fair-related contracts and conducting fair-related business and activities as deemed appropriate. The Fair Board will review and approve expenditures of fair-related funds budgeted, will collect fees as a result of fair-related activities and pay any invoices or expenditures submitted to and approved by the Fair Board for payment.
The Board may assist in the development and implementation of rules and regulations, in concert with the Fairgrounds Business Operations Manager, regarding group and individual usage of the Fairgrounds & Event Center facilities. Such regulations are subject to BOCC approval.
Each member of the Fair Board is appointed to serve a three year term. The Fair Board meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Friendship Hall Conference Room, County Fairgrounds, at 7:00 p.m.
For a Fair Board application, please click here.
Fair Board Members
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|Halli Jo Smith||9/5/2018||9/1/2021|
|Halli was born and raised in Montrose and graduated from Montrose High School. As a 4H member Halli showed at the County, State and National levels. She currently works as a Closing Associate at Land Title Guarantee Company. Halli and her family raise and show market goats. Halli’s children also show sheep and pigs and are very involved in youth sports.|
|Shawnita is from Olathe and has been involved in agriculture her whole life. Shawnita feels exposure to farming and ranching provides her with a unique perspective, she is also an experienced HR and Administrative professional and owner Flying U Livestock. She studied Agricultural Sciences with a minor in Environmental Science, Natural Resources and Animal Science at Oregon State University.|
|Kelsey grew up in Rye CO showing sheep and cattle at the local, state and national levels, Kelsey was successful in FFA Livestock Judging and Extemporaneous Speaking winning both gold at District and Silver at State. She attended Clarendon College in Clarendon Texas where she participated on the Livestock Judging Team. In 2007 Kelsey moved from Texas to Western Colorado taking a job with Multi-Chem (a production chemical company in the oil and gas industry), her career grew over 11 years where she became the Western United States OTC Manager and US Pricing Analyst. In the fall of 2018 Kelsey accepted a job offer with Strategic Maintenance Solutions acting as a Field Consultant where she works on the implementation and improvement of Asset Management systems. Kelsey has a small herd of cattle and horses which she enjoys caring for, other hobbies include wood working, furniture restoration and muscle cars.|
|1/1/2020 9/1/2021Charles (AKA Chuck) is the Manager of Dairy Specialists West which provides support to the Western Colorado agricultural community along with municipal water and wastewater chemical supply needs. His goal is to support education and advocate for locally sourced, safe and healthy food and resource supply through practical and affordable use of soil and water practices. God, family, country and community are his guiding forces. Chuck’s interests include: the science of nature, hunting, fishing, shooting sports, home brewing sharing the great outdoors with friends and family, red dirt music and leaving this world a better place than he found it.|
|Kim is an equine enthusiast and has bred, raised and trained horses for different riding disciplines. Kim and husband Mike, along with their dogs, returned to Colorado in 2015 after spending 34 years in Indiana. While in Indiana she served eight years as a board member for a public school foundation and chaired their scholarship committee. Kim has spent 30 years in administration, sales and risk management in the Corporate Trust industry. She currently works for BOK Financial as a Senior VP and Strategic Risk Officer. Kim has a B.S. in Biochemistry with a concentration in animal sciences from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.|
|Jessica grew up in Montrose and was active in soccer and 4-H. After High school, she obtained her Radiology and a Bachelor’s of Science Business Administration degree. She loves being active in the outdoors with her family and participating in her children’s activities.|
|Andrea is a Montrose native with a love for the agricultural community. She was actively involved with 4-H and FFA as a youth, raising and showing market lambs. After graduating from Montrose High School she worked for a local dentist as a dental assistant. Later Andrea became interested in Oral Surgery which inspired her to become a Certified Surgical Technologist working at the local hospital. Andrea’s husband is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Fire Department and together they love their community serving professions. They have two children one of whom has already started 4-H. After some back and forth they decided they should raise Miniature Herefords. Andrea was instrumental in bringing the small breed classes to the Montrose County Fair. Andrea believes strongly in the importance of agriculture in our community and the impact and life lessons our children can gain from raising animals.|
Commissioner Caddy serves as the direct link between the Fair Board and the Board of County Commissioners. He is a passionate supporter of our local agricultural heritage and community. Commissioner Caddy served as a Law Enforcement Officer for Montrose Police Department for over 20 years.
4H Extension Agent – Jaime Goza