Fair CEO says goodbye

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Gold Country Fair’s chief executive officer is retiring after six years. Greg Hegwer, who joined the fair’s staff in 2004, said Tuesday he felt this was an appropriate time to leave. “It’s kind of a personal thing,” Hegwer said. “It’s a quiet time of the year, and because of personal things I needed to handle, I opted to do it now rather than at a busier time of the year.” Laurie Johnson is now the organization’s acting CEO. Hegwer said he enjoyed his time as CEO of the Auburn fair. “It’s a phenomenal fairgrounds,” he said. “There are 78 fairgrounds in the state of California … but Gold Country Fair, it’s one of those … that has a lot of its own personality. It has that kind of feeling where just around the next corner there is a new exciting thing. The community was awesome. It’s just a really community-oriented facility that really benefits the community.” Hegwer said the grounds are great for local groups to use for fundraisers. “I think it’s just under $1 million that is raised there annually by nonprofits,” he said. “That is an asset a lot of communities don’t have.” Hegwer said he now plans to use his 30 years of fair experience to help other fairgrounds put on their events as well pursue his own personal interests. “I just want to thank the community,” he said. “I had a wonderful time there for six years.” Reach Bridget Jones at