Longtime Del Norte County Fairgrounds CEO Randy Hatfield may be retiring at the end of the year but a familiar face will fill his shoes.
Hatfield’s daughter, Kimberly Floyd, will take on the role of fair manager for the 41st District Agricultural Association starting Jan. 1. Floyd was one of six applicants to be considered for the position, according to an association press release.
Floyd, who has been working as the fairgrounds’ event coordinator for five years, said she was offered the job last week.
“I’m excited,” she said. “I mean, (Hatfield’s) been training me like forever. He’s been giving me a little bit more responsibility every year and I worked really hard this last year trying to add new events and to give what the community wanted, so the transition won’t be too terribly bad. It should be pretty smooth.”
Since she is Hatfield’s daughter, Floyd said the 41st District Agricultural Association Board of Directors were careful to make sure she went through the same process and was asked the same questions as the other candidates for the job.
“It was a long process and I think because I was local and because of who my dad is it was a harder decision for them,” she said. “They worked really hard. They wanted to make sure they got the right person for the job.”
During Floyd’s time as event coordinator, the fairgrounds have hosted a slew of new events including the Mud Bogg competition earlier this year and a monster truck rally last year. The Home Show and holiday fair are other events Floyd said she helped bring to the fairgrounds.
Floyd also put in a lot of volunteer work on Measure F, the quarter-cent sales tax initiative that passed in 2014. That tax initiative ensured the fairgrounds would be funded beyond the 2016 fair and established a special district to oversee the facility’s day to day operations.
Floyd said she helped coordinate a fundraiser dinner that exceeded her expectations.
“We were hoping for around 500 to 1,000 people and the line literally went to the end of the parking lot and wrapped around,” she said. “It really showed that the community has come out and supported us all the way and they want to see us succeed.”
As he approached his retirement, Hatfield’s goal was to finish up the fair’s strategic plan, Floyd said. He has overseen 29 fairs in Del Norte County, been named the Man of the Year in 1991 and Business Leader of the Year in 2015. Hatfield was also inducted into the Western Fair Association’s Hall of Fame last year.
“He’s giving me all his plaques and they’ll be in my office as a reminder of the shoes I’m filling but I’m looking forward to it,” Floyd said. “Fair is in my blood, it’s what I love and I am just looking forward to doing the absolute best I possibly can, making not only my family proud of me, but my community.”
Fair board President, Kevin Hartwick, could not be reached for comment.