Kellie Boone tabbed as new Executive Director of Washington County Fair Park

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Nov. 11, 2016 – West Bend, WI –There’s a familiar face taking over at the Washington County Fair Park/AIS as Kellie Boone has been tabbed as the new executive director.

According to the press release put out this morning from Search Committee Member Pete Rettler, “The board of directors of the Washington County Agriculture and Industrial Society (AIS) has selected Kellie Boone as its next Executive Director. Boone will be in charge of the 133 acre Washington County Fair Park and Conference center, the site of the annual Washington County Fair and the location of the new Silver Lining Amphitheater donated by West Bend Mutual Insurance.”

Read the rest of the press release: New Executive Director of Washington County Fair Park Named.

Boone has served the past five years as Executive Director of the Downtown West Bend Association.

She will be taking over for Sandy Lang at the Fair Park; Lang resigned in August.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Boone. “I’m looking forward to continuing the success of the Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center.”

Boone said her immediate goal was to secure the success of the 2017 Washington County Fair.

There were 27 people who interviewed for the position. Pete Rettler was on the selection committee. “We had a lot of great applicants and it was a tough decision but Kellie had great relevant experience and she has a history of successful events,” said Rettler.

Boone is the President of the West Bend Noon Rotary and Rettler said that civic involvement was also impressive. “It definitely helped that she is part of the community,” he said.  “Now she’ll have to get as well known in Hartford and Slinger and the other Washington County communities.”

While a new opportunity is on the horizon, Boone said the downtown has been extremely wonderful to work with..

“I’ve developed such great relationships and friendships and my board has been so supportive,” she said. “It’s really difficult to leave but this is a tremendous opportunity. People grow and it’s time for me to move forward. This is just a tremendous opportunity for me and my family.”

Boone said her greatest accomplishment was taking a great lineup of events downtown and growing those to the next level.

“Everything we have down here has grown from the Farmers’ Market to Music on Main to Wheels on Main and I love hearing from the new businesses about how this has been such a nice shift downtown and a lot of that goes back to the events we’ve created,” she said.

Boone will start at the Fair Park on December 1.

 

Press release:

WEST BEND, Wis. (November 11, 2016)- The board of directors of the Washington County Agriculture
and Industrial Society (AIS) has selected Kellie Boone as its next Executive Director. Boone will be in charge of the 133-acre Washington County Fair Park and Conference center, the site of the annual Washington
County Fair and the location of the new Silver Lining Amphitheater donated by West Bend Mutual Insurance.
She will fill a position that was held by Sandy Lang, who in one capacity or another, has been involved with the Washington County Fair for 43 years. Lang, resigned as Executive Director in early September initiating a search for her replacement. Roger Kist, Washington county Supervisor and F air Park Board member, served as Interim Executive Director. Other Board members, staff and Fair Park volunteers, including Sandy Lang, provided support and assistance during the transition.
Most recently, Boone served the community as Event Manager of the Downtown West Bend Association for the past five years. Under Boone’s leadership, “Music on Main” and the Farmers’ Market have thrived. Boone believes “
those events are in great shape for my successor.”
She shared at the time of her acceptance that she is “excited about this new opportunity” and is “looking forward to continue the success of the Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center.” Boone also announced that she
“is eager to start working with the numerous committees and volunteers that plan and run the Washington County Fair.”
Tony Warren, President of the AIS board confirmed that “we reviewed 29 applications” and “we were highly impressed with Kellie Boone.  She was very enthusiastic about the opportunity and looks forward to becoming more
active in the other communities of Washington County.”
“Developing new partners, and maintaining positive relationships with past sponsors will be high on my list priorities” said Boone. “Fair Park is a gem and should be the pride of the entire county.”
Boone has two daughters, Tiana age 14 and Hailey age 10 and recently purchased a new home in the heart of West Bend. She will assume her new role at the Fair Park on December 1.

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