Jackson County Fairground Manager announces resignation

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Fair is looking to quickly fill a vacancy left when the Fairground Manager submitted her resignation last week.

Jackson County Fairground Manager Helen Baker submitted her resignation Thursday, August 10 at a board meeting, saying she needs to find a better work-life balance.

“The position of Fairground Manager requires working many late nights and long weekends,” Shares Jackson County Fair Board President J.B. Dimick. “Helen has done so for over nine years, with a positive attitude and a true love for the Fairgrounds. We on the Fair Board certainly understand Helen’s decision.”

The Fair says Baker will remain in place through mid-September to help with transitions.

Reflecting on her almost eight years at the Expo, Baker said that it will be hard leaving behind all the smiling faces at the fairgrounds.

“People make memories all the time, but to get to work in a place where that is what you’re in charge of doing, is making good, solid, healthy memories for generations and generations, that’s a mission worth living for, it really is, and I’ll miss that part of this job every day,” Baker said.

The Board of Directors says it is developing a plan for upcoming events and day-to-day community activities at the Fairground.

“Helen has been outstanding for all the Board Members to work with. She is another of a long line of fantastic Fair Managers who have taken the Fairgrounds to new heights, and we wish her great happiness for the future.” share J.B. Dimick. “It is now upon us to find the next manager to continue that legacy and provide everything the community expects from their Jackson County Expo.”

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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