Tulare County Fair hires new CEO

The Sun-Gazette

Dena Rizzardo was a junior livestock exhibitor, has volunteered with several fairs and sat on the board of her hometown fair in Siskiyou County

The Sun-Gazette

TULARE – A woman with a lifelong connection to county fairs will serve as the next CEO of the Tulare County Fair.

On March 26, the Board of Directors of the 24th District Agricultural Association/Tulare County Fair announced the appointment of Dena Rizzardo as the fairground’s new chief executive officer. 

Rizzardo has spent the past 20 years in the banking industry as a profession and has been involved in the fair industry for 30 years. Rizzardo has worked and volunteered with several California fairs including the 10th District Agricultural Association/Siskiyou Golden Fair, her hometown fair, where she has served on the Board of Directors for the past 10 years.

She has also been involved with the Tulare County Fair for many years in the livestock and junior livestock auction departments. Rizzardo has established relationships with people from all aspects of the fair including vendors, concessionaires, carnival, fellow volunteers and community partners and patrons.

“I believe that county fairs are the showcase of their communities and they serve a critical role in agriculture education, economic development, emergency response and promotion of the county’s heritage,” Rizzardo said. “I have come to know and love the fair community of Tulare County.”

Gary Castro, president of the Tulare County Fair Board of Directors, noted that the choice of the new CEO was made easier due to Rizzardo’s extensive experience both in finance and fairs.

“A fair CEO has to bring an unusually wide range of skill sets.The Board is so pleased to find someone who meets these requirements and more,” Castro added. 

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