Stanislaus County Fair CEO Announces Retirement

Courtesy of Stanislaus County Fair

After more than 30 years in the fair industry, Chief Executive Officer of the Stanislaus County Fair Chris Borovansky has announced his retirement.

“The fair industry has been my life and I am extremely proud to be ending my career at the Stanislaus County Fair,” said Borovansky in a news release.

Borovansky will continue his role as CEO until his replacement is hired and is also taking a lead role in assisting the Stanislaus County Fair’s Board of Directors in a transition plan for a new CEO.

The Board of Directors will conduct an extensive industry-wide search for a new CEO, with the goal of finding Borovansky’s replacement by late-June.

“We have flourished under Chris’s direction and we are sad to see him go,” said Ray Souza, president of the Stanislaus County Fair Board of Directors.

Borovansky has served as CEO of the Stanislaus County Fair since April 2010. Under his leadership, the fair has achieved financial solvency, despite the elimination of state funding. He also took the lead in acquiring a strong sponsorship base that can support the fair in the future and led the creation of the Friends of the Fair Foundation.

Before the Stanislaus County Fair, Borovansky was the CEO of the Jackson County Fair in Central Point, Oregon for 21 years and was Sonoma County Fair manager for seven years. Borovansky grew up in the fair industry and worked at the California State Fair as a teenager for many years.

Currently, Borovansky serves as a member of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee and is active in coaching youth sports.

The 2015 Stanislaus County Fair will open on 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. Visit StanCoFair.com for more information.

Comments 5

  1. used to love the fair says:

    Good now maybe we can get our fair back so we will want to go again. Ever since this guy took over it has sucked.

  2. So sad to see Chris go says:

    My family and I are so disappointed to hear of Chris’s retirement. He did a great job dealing with all of the cutbacks from the state. He will be sorely missed. Kudos on a job well done!

  3. Guest: You used to love the fair? says:

    Sure moron, you can have your fair back. Just like the old days. Gangbangers, drunks, fights, arrests, nothing for families. Most of us like the fair just the way it is. Do us all a favor and continue to stay home.

  4. Good! says:

    Can the local non profits get back their beer booths and can the fair stop being a money making machine? The fair is not a business.

  5. Chamber CEO Go says:

    The Turlock Chamber of Commerce CEO needs to go already.

    Sharon Silva is still not showing how her and the chamber board took the city’s money for promotion but used it for only the chamber members and the board members especially.

    If they are still under contact with the city them the city council should still be able to require a report showing how they’ve spent the money for over 20 years.

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