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Placer County Fair gets new manager

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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The Placer County Fair Association has a new general manager. John Javidan, owner of Johny 5 Productions and promoter of the popular Downtown Tuesday Nights event, announced Thursday he has accepted an offer for the position. Javidan said he will coordinate, promote and manage the Placer County Fair and Events Center and also work with speedway manager Jeff Munro to help promote the All American Speedway. The Placer County Fair will take place June 21-24 at 800 All America City Blvd., and Javidan said he envisions a traditional fair with traditional agriculture and contests. He also said he plans on lowering the cost to vendors in order to promote a better shopping experience, as well as work hard to gain more community involvement. “I want to involve everybody,” Javidan said. “Basically, any community organization that contacts me and wants to be involved with the fair, I’m going to get them involved in some way or another.” The general manager position is an interim position in place for eight months, but Javidan said he hopes to stick around much longer. Wayne Vineyard, president of the board of directors for the Placer County Fair Association, said Javidan was hired on an interim basis because the board needed the position filled quickly. “With the racing season starting in March and the fair in June, we needed to get things moving,” Vineyard said. “We want to hire a permanent manager, but it takes time.” Vineyard said the nine-person board will be accepting applications for the permanent position until Jan. 6, and that Javidan will definitely be considered. “We’ll go through (the applications) and put them on hold until after the fair and see how things go,” Vineyard said. The Placer County Fair Association began looking for a replacement in early December after former fair manager Joan Bartosik announced she was leaving to return to private event management and consulting. Bartosik joined the association in February 2010 and said she’s most proud of her efforts to improve the annual fair. “I am pleased with the many business and industry relationships that have been restored to healthy levels while many new ones have been created,” Bartosik said in an email to the Press Tribune. Javidan said he will continue to coordinate and promote Roseville’s Downtown Tuesday Nights every Tuesday in May, June and July beginning on May 1. He said he will also continue to coordinate Berry Fest on Mother’s Day weekend, though during his employment at the Placer County Fair, the event will be coordinated through the Placer County Fair and Events Center office. Toby Lewis can be reached at tobyl@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.