WELD COUNTY FAIR COORDINATOR NAMED 2016 FAIR MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Greeley, CO – November 17, 2016 – Once a year Fairs from nine western states and two Canadian provinces gather to share ideas and honor those in the industry who have made a difference at the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF) convention. Weld County Fair Coordinator, Janet Konkel, was nominated by peers and selected by the RMAF board of directors to be honored as the 2016 Fair Manager of the Year. Janet was presented with a beautiful glass statue, as well as a custom Montana Silversmith name badge, sponsored by local feed and pet supply store J&T Feeds.
“Janet Konkel is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about the Weld County Fair. These, and other attributes have helped her be successful in coordinating one of the largest county fairs in Colorado,” said Keith Maxey, Director, CSU Weld County Extension. A tireless promoter of the Fair, Janet has developed new relationships with businesses and organizations and generated new sponsorship dollars in an effort to increase community participation and visibility. In cooperation with the board of directors, she has instituted new attractions that have drawn more people to fair (43,000 in 2016) – such as horse-drawn carriage rides, a free community barbecue, Fiddle Fest, and Senior Day. Her efforts have allowed the Weld County Fair to remain free to all while maintaining a fun family atmosphere.
Janet is a long time resident of Weld County, but a native Arizonan. She was a 10-year member of 4-H in Yavapai County, Arizona and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Agricultural Business. Janet’s husband Mike is also a 10-year 4-H member, as are their three daughters who are all 10-year 4-H members in Weld County. While their daughters were involved, Janet also served as a 4-H leader and with the Weld County 4-H Washington Focus Youth Group, embracing the idea of leading by example. Prior to coming to Weld County Fair in February 2011, Janet worked at National Western Stock Show for eight years and owned a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream in Greeley. Janet and her husband Mike farm south of Kersey.
Submitted to The BARN by:
Fair Secretary, Weld County Fair