The Central Coast facility that’s home to the Santa Barbara County Fair is getting a new leader.
Richard Persons has been selected as the new CEO of the Santa Maria Fairpark, and will take over the post in October.
Persons is currently CEO of the Lake County Fairgrounds, in the Northern California community of Lakeport.
He’s been in the fair industry for nearly three decades.
Persons will fill the vacancy created by Richard Pearson, who retired last spring.
While the Santa Maria Fairpark is best known for the County Fair, it hosts community, and private events year round.