New Davis County Fair coordinator named

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Bryon Saxton

FARMINGTON -- Alli Barnes is coming down from the ski slopes to be the new Davis County Fair coordinator.

Barnes, of South Ogden, has been hired to replace former fair coordinator Megan Hatch, who recently relocated with her family to Southern California.

Barnes, hired by the county on May 11, worked for three years as an event planner for the Snowbasin Ski Resort.

"(Barnes) has event-planning experience which we liked, and needed," Legacy Events Center Director Dave Hansen said.

There were 15 applicants for the coordinator position. The three finalists, as selected by the personnel office, were interviewed by a committee of county officials, Hansen said.

Barnes made a mock presentation to the committee as if they were an interested sponsor for the fair. That presentation set her apart from the other applicants, Hansen said.

Barnes said she applied for the coordinator position because it provides her an opportunity to grow in her career and because the job holds "a lot of variety."

With the county fair scheduled for Aug. 15-18, Barnes said, she will have to put in a "little extra work" during the next few months to prepare for the event. But Hatch did a great job of organizing many of the details that go into the four-day event., Barnes said

"We already have some great entertainment in place," Barnes said.

It is her goal to keep up the standard of the fair by working to exceed everyone's expectations, Barnes said.

This year's fair theme is Fairadise. The fair, free to the public, is held at the events center grounds, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington.

Barnes will receive an entry level salary of $34,091.20 per year, Davis County Personnel Director Mel miles said. The position pays a maximum annual salary of $50,294.40 based on prior experience and time with the county, he said.

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