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Illinois Dept of Agriculture picks Rebecca Clark as manager of the Illinois State Fair

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Rebecca Clark has taken over as the new Illinois State Fair manager, in an announcement made by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Clark, the public data officer for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency since 2018, succeeds Kevin Gordon, who had two stints as manager and retired in August.

Clark, 42, previously labored for the agriculture division as PIO, selling and advertising and marketing the honest and coordinating press protection from 2015 to 2018.

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Clark was at WICS-TV from 2005 to 2015 as an government producer, managing editor and assistant information director.

Clark is the second girl to serve as ISF manager. Amy Bliefnick held that place from 2005 to 2014.

“Rebecca’s leadership at IEMA has helped guide our state through this (COVID-19) pandemic, and I’m glad she will continue to serve our state as the next manager of the state fair,” Gov. JB Pritzker mentioned in a information launch. “Her dedication to keeping Illinois families safe and healthy will be such an asset to bringing together residents and visitors each summer, to explore the joys that Illinois has to offer. I look forward to our continued work as we celebrate Illinois’ proud agricultural tradition.”

Agriculture division director Jerry Costello mentioned Clark is aware of “the ins and outs of the honest” attributable to her time with the Ag division. Costello added Clark performed a vital half in holding fairgoers secure throughout the 2021 state honest whereas working for IEMA.

“I’m very appreciative of Gov. Pritzker and Director Costello for this opportunity,” Clark mentioned. “The fairgrounds have at all times been a particular place for me. I grew up coming to the Illinois State Fair and now create reminiscences with my very own youngsters on the fairgrounds. This alternative brings my fair-going expertise full circle.”

Earlier: Kevin Gordon retiring as Illinois State Fair manager

Gordon served as state honest manager from 2016 to 2017 and once more from 2019 to 2021. During his first stint, he managed each state festivals in Springfield and DuQuoin.

The DuQuoin State Fair in southern Illinois now has a separate director, Josh Gross.

The state honest was canceled in 2020 attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clark is from Effingham. She has a bachelor of science diploma from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Josh Gross will proceed to handle the DuQuoin State Fair.

The 2022 Illinois State Fair is Aug. 11-21.

This story will probably be up to date.

Contact Steven Spearie: 217-622-1788, sspearie@sj-r.com, twitter.com/@StevenSpearie.

This article initially appeared on State Journal-Register: Rebecca Clark returns to Ag Department as Illinois state honest director