Norb Bartosik, California Exposition and State Fair general manager, on Friday told the board of directors that he plans to retire at year's end.
Bartosik, 62, started at Cal Expo in 1994 after stints as the general manager of the Orange County and Antelope Valley fairs, and the Du Quoin State Fair in Illinois.
A self-described "fair junkie" who started his fair management career in 1972, Bartosik worked in numerous fair industry jobs over the years and is a member of the Hall of Fame of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and Western Fairs Association.
"This is a sad day for Cal Expo and the fair industry," said Cal Expo board Chairman Rick Stacey. "Although I couldn't be happier for Norb, I must confess I worked hard at convincing him to stay a while longer."
Stacey appointed a two-person committee within the board to work with Bartosik to find a successor.
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