State Fair Director to Retire

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Tuesday, December 05 2006 Dec 5, 2006 Tuesday, December 05, 2006 9:21:31 PM CST December 05, 2006 in News
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SEDALIA - The Missouri State Fair's director steps down next year after more than 20 years of service to the annual event in Sedalia. Mel Willard will retire Jan. 1 after leading the fair for six years as director. The 57-year-old began working for the fair in 1984 as an electrician. He was also the operations manager and assistant director before he became director in 2001. The Missouri State Fair Commission will meet this month to start searching for his replacement. Willard says his highlights as director include the fair's 100th anniversary in 2002 and helping usher in one of the largest crowds in a decade in 2004.

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