Ron Jeffries named Fair Manager of the Year |

Ron Jeffries named Fair Manager of the Year

RAPID CITY, SD – Ron Jeffries, general manager of Central States Fair, Inc., was recently named Fair Manager of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF). Jeffries received the award at the annual RMAF convention held Nov. 4-6 in Missoula, MT.

Each year RMAF recognizes one of their own for this prestigious honor. Nominees are considered based on their influence and dedication to the fair industry, community involvement and youth mentorship.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized for your work, but this award is extra special because it comes from my peers in the fair industry,” said Jeffries. “This is a crazy business and nobody understands it like the people who live it every day!”

Jeffries’ nomination highlighted the Central States Fair’s financial turnaround since his tenure began in 1997, which lead to the construction of the James Kjerstad Event Center in 2003, and the continuous growth of the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. He was also recognized for his leadership in the Rushmore Rotary Club and their assistance to the Black Hills Children’s Home Society and Storybook Island. Jeffries also helps with local youth wrestling and girls basketball programs.

“I do all these things because they are fun, and I love doing them,” Jeffries said. “To be recognized for it is truly an honor.”

RMAF is comprised of members of Agricultural Fairs and Festivals in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North and South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with service members that provide entertainment to these events. The association’s goal is to assist their membership in promoting fairs and the fair industry across the region, and has done so for more than 80 years.

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