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Big Fresno Fair Begins Search for New CEO to Succeed Alkire



The 2022 Big Fresno Fair is scheduled to run from Oct. 5 through Oct. 16. (Big Fresno Fair)
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The Big Fresno Fair Board of Trustees is in search of a new CEO to lead Fresno’s biggest entertainment event and the state’s fourth-largest fair.

Headshot of John Alkire

John Alkire now leads the fair’s nonprofit arm. (Big Fresno Fair)

The last CEO was John Alkire, who retired in September 2020 during the pandemic and moved over to the fair’s nonprofit, Friends of the Big Fresno Fair, to focus on fundraising efforts.

After Alkire’s departure, deputy managers Stacy Rianda and Lauri King were appointed by the fair board to oversee all fair operations as an interim leadership team. In 2020, the fair was pared down to a drive-thru event because of the pandemic, but last year the fair returned to in-person.

This year’s fair is scheduled to run Oct. 5-16.

Pay Range Is $10,000 to $12,300 Monthly

The CEO’s monthly pay will range from $10,064 to $12,336, and benefits will include health, dental, and vision insurance, annual leave, life insurance, and retirement benefits.

(Wink, wink: The announcement does not specify whether benefits also include all-you-can-eat cinnamon rolls, Deep-Fried Nutter Butters, and burritos).

The fair is operated through the 21st District Agricultural Association, and board members are appointed by the governor.

The board is working with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fairs & Expositions Branch on the application process.

Click here for the CEO application, or to apply for any other Big Fresno Fair job. For more information on the CEO job, contact the CEO Search Committee at

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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