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Stanislaus County Fair welcomes new CEO
Christopher Borovansky was hired as the fair’s new chief executive officer. - photo by Photo Contributed
After sorting through 43 applicants interested in leading Stanislaus County’s  popular and successful fair, the 38th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors selected Christopher Borovansky as the fair’s new chief executive officer.  
“We had an excellent group of candidates and it was a very competitive process,” said Dale Butler, Stanislaus County Fair Board president. “We are happy we had such a highly qualified group and we were able to choose the perfect candidate for the Stanislaus County Fair.”
Borovansky has about 36 years of experience working for different county fairs all over the West Coast. He has served as CEO for the Jackson County Fair in Oregon for the past 21 years, Sonoma County Fair manager for seven years, and worked for the California State Fair as a teenager for eight years.
When he was seven years old, Borovansky said he knew one day he would be a fair manager.
“I am very excited and honored to be part of the Stanislaus County Fair,” Borovansky said. “This fair is known for its leadership and innovative events, and I have some big shoes to fill with Tony Leo leaving.”
The CEO position became available after long-time Stanislaus County Fair CEO Anthony Leo announced his retirement on Oct. 19, 2009.
Leo served as the CEO of the Stanislaus County Fair since February 1998. Before his long stay at the Stanislaus County Fair, he was CEO of 29 consecutive county fairs.
“For almost 30 years I have had the pleasure to work with some very dedicated and hardworking fair employees and some very astute directors,” Leo said. “For that I am so grateful. But to all things there is a season.”
Even with his announced retirement, Leo worked as interim CEO since Jan. 1 on an “as needed” basis for up to 40 hours a week.
Borovansky went through a written screening process, an in-person interview and an interview in front of the full board before he was hired. After 43 candidates were sorted through, 11 of those candidates went through personal interviews, leaving four final candidates of which Borovansky was chosen. He was interviewed by a panel of four individuals that consisted of Butler, President of the Western United Dairymen Ray Souza, Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa and Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden.
Now as acting CEO, Borovansky will oversee the operations of not only the annual fair, but a year-round staff of 12 employees and a 72-acre facility with six buildings. He will also look over dozens of non-fair events that happen every year on the fair grounds. During the annual fair, he will be in charge of the 10-day long festivities that bring in over 220,000 visitors every year.
The 2010 Stanislaus County Fair opens July 16 for 10 days celebrating this year’s theme “Flavors of the Valley.”
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.