TURLOCK — California native Christopher Borovansky will come back to his home state as the Stanislaus County Fair's new chief executive officer. The fair's board of directors announced their selection Tuesday.
Borovansky, chief executive of Oregon's Jackson County Fair in Central Point for the past 21 years, previously managed the Sonoma County Fair for seven years. Like his predecessor, the retiring Tony Leo, Borovansky knew from an early age he wanted to be a fair manager; he worked at the California State Fair as a teenager.
"This fair is known for its leadership and innovative events, and I have some big shoes to fill with Tony Leo leaving," Borovansky said.
He emerged from a field of 43 applicants, 11 of whom a committee interviewed and winnowed down to four. The fair board interviewed the finalists last week and chose Borovansky. He will earn $82,600, which includes the two furlough days a month imposed on most state employees.
"We had an excellent group of candidates and it was a very competitive process," Board President Dale Butler said. "We are happy we had such a highly qualified group and we were able to choose the perfect candidate for the Stanislaus County Fair."
Borovansky, set to start work in April, inherits a fair in the middle of significant change. The fair, which typically starts the last Friday in July, will begin its 10-day run on July 16 this year.
A clearly disgruntled fair board made the move in October after the State Fair moved its dates up and forced the change. Now the dates of the local and state fairs overlap, though officials are coordinating livestock show dates so students can participate in both.
General admission prices also are going up, from $10 to $12, though fair officials said there will be a variety of discounted ticket options. Discounted admission tickets and unlimited ride wristbands go on sale May 1.
"The fair is a celebration of the community, which is why I have always enjoyed being part of this industry," Borovansky said.
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Bee staff writer Patty Guerra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2343.