Former Jackson County Fair Manager Mike Treacy was inducted into the Western Fairs
Association Hall of Fame at their annual meeting held earlier this year in Reno.
Treacy was manager of the Jackson County Fair from 1984-1988. He was a strong advocate of making the fair affordable and an event that the community could relate to.
Treacy spent a number of years as CEO of the Kern County Fair, as well.
According to Barbara Nelson, who was assistant manager to Treacy in Jackson County, former Gov. Schwarzenegger wanted all the fairs in California under one umbrella. He selected Treacy for the position as Executive Director of the Division of Fairs and Expositions.
“He worked with other key industry players to acquire the $32 million general fund continuous appropriations for fairs in California, developed a new reclassification of fairs and assisted the administration in designing a plan for fairgrounds, to serve as state emergency centers-to name but a few of his accomplishments,” read a statement in the Spring 2011 Fair Dealer Magazine, a publication of Western Fairs Association.
Treacy retired in November 2010 after 26 years in the fair business.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent