Chris Borovansky, chief executive officer of the Stanislaus County Fair, announced this week that he will retire in August.
He has spent five years managing the 10-day county fair and other uses of the Turlock grounds. Before that, he was CEO of the Jackson County Fair in Oregon for 21 years and manager of the Sonoma County Fair for seven years.
“The fair industry has been my life and I am extremely proud to be ending my career at the Stanislaus County Fair,” Borovansky said in a news release.
He will assist the fair board as it seeks a successor in the coming months.
“We have flourished under Chris’ direction and we are sad to see him go,” board President Ray Souza said.
The fair has stayed solvent at a time when some nearby fairs are struggling because of the loss of state funding and a shortage of other events on their grounds.
The fair opens July 10 for a 10-day run. Discounted fair admission tickets, unlimited-ride wristbands and the fair season pass will be on sale beginning May 2. Corporate ticket sales will be available to purchase at a highly discounted rate. Go to the fair’s website at www.stancofair.com for ticket sale information.
ELSEWHERE ON THE FARM BEAT
: A new campaign urges California residents to beware of the Asian citrus psyllid, which threatens orange, grapefruit and other citrus trees.
Residents can go to www.citrusmatters.us for information from California Citrus Mutual, an industry group, and Bayer CropScience, a company involved in pest control.
The Northern San Joaquin Valley is not a major producer of commercial citrus, but these trees are in plenty of backyards, as well as at nurseries. The pest has done heavy damage to Florida growers, and those in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and south coast are on the watch.
“From oranges to lemons, it’s impossible to imagine our lives without the citrus fruit that grows across California,” said Joel Nelsen, president of the industry group. “The average American eats 12.5 pounds of citrus every year, and California groves provide 80 percent of the fresh market citrus available in the United States.”
▪ The Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee at the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation topped those from other counties at a leadership conference in Sacramento.
The committee was recognized for several activities over the past year, including “read-ins” of agricultural books at local schools, two college scholarships for students studying for ag careers, and organizing farm tours.
Tyler Blagg of Lodi earned the Star YF&R Award, which recognizes a young farmer or rancher for service to agriculture. Blagg raises dairy heifers, grows forage crops and wine grapes, and works as a real estate agent.
Modesto Junior College student Tim Truax of Turlock was first runner-up in the College Discussion Meet, which tests knowledge on certain topics.