Board & Management

The Washington State Fair is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation. It receives no government subsidy, and pays city and state taxes. Any proceeds are invested back into the facilities for improvements.

Board of Directors


Candace P. Blancher, President
Daniel W. McClung, Vice President
Gary A. Tucci, Secretary
Jerry D. Larson, Treasurer
W. David Schodde, Past President
Kenneth D. Scholz
Roger L. Knutson
Jerome M. Korum
Michael D. Nelson
Jeffery C. Hogan
John G. Wolfe III
Andrew D. McDonald

Directors Emeriti

Thomas H. Tebb
Dennis D. Elvins
Carl R. Hogan
David R. Campbell

Management Team

Kent Hojem, Chief Executive Officer -
Renee McClain, Chief Financial Officer -
Adam Heffron, Chief Operating Officer -
Alan Baker, Facilities Manager -
Debbie Baker, Facility Rental / Event Services Manager -
Paula Beadle, Sponsorship Consultant -
Holly Ball, Foundation Manager -
Cari Dixon, Executive Department Manager -
Stacy Howard, Public Relations Manager -
Dan Sharp, Vendor Services Manager -
Andrea Thayer, Competitive Exhibits / Grounds Entertainment Manager -
Tracey Wittenfeld, Marketing Manager -

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