Fair Advisory Board

Next Meeting: 

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 8, 2017 
Fair Administration Office Conference Room
No Meeting in September

The Fair Advisory Board is composed of eleven members, five representing the Council district in which they live, and six at-large members who may live anywhere in the county. The board meets at least monthly and represents a broad range of interests. It was created to advise, consult and assist the Fair Manager in the operation and maintenance of the Evergreen State Fair.  

Members serve four-year terms and are limited to three consecutive full terms. 

  1. Regular Meetings:  
  2. 7:00 p.m. second Tuesday of each month in the Fair Administration Office conference room, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe WA  98272.

2016 Fair Advisory Board 

L-R: Jerry Smith, Rick Merrill, Vice Chairman Tod Johnson, Vickie Andrew, Anne Lowe, Marshia Armstrong, J. Elaine Johannsen, Secretary Kathleen Wright, Chairman Don Ballard, Mark Mahnkey
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District 1 - Marshia Armstrong

Marshia is a real estate broker/manager and internet sales guru. She participated in 4-H Clothing as a teen and later as the Lucky Leaves 4-H Club leader for 10+ years. Marshia was also a member of the Washington State 4-H Leaders Council for 4 years. While raising and showing Simmental cattle, she wrote the exotic open beef show catalog for the fair. Marshia said she is pleased to serve her community on the Fair Advisory Board, helping to preserve the agricultural and community connections of the fair.


District 2 - Dani Kahn

Photo and Bio coming soon!

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District 3 - Mark Mahnkey

Mark is retired from the Boeing Co. as a Human Resources Coordinator. He was on the School Board for 13 years, the Library Board for 12 years and Small Business Development Specialist at WSU, WWU + HCC for 4 years.


District 4 - Jerry Smith

Jerry has lived in Mountlake Terrace for the last 43 years. Jerry has been and continues to be a very devoted and active member of the community and has been involved with several service organizations. Jerry has served as the Mayor of Mountlake Terrace since 2004. We are very pleased to have Jerry on the board!

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District 5 - Kathleen Wright, 2017 Secretary

Kathleen has been the Open Class Baking Department Superintendent since 1994 and has been a strong role model for community involvement and helping others benefit by showing them how to take an active role ever since. Always mindful that a fair’s function is to “educate, encourage and evaluate”, Kathleen conducts training for baked goods judges each year and leads free seminars all year long promoting how to enter at the fair and win. Many new contestants have had a more positive fair experience because they attended a workshop or seminar. 


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Anne Lowe

Anne has been active at the Evergreen State Fair for 24+ years. As a teacher and FFA Advisor, she has knowledge in many areas of the Fair.

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Rick Merrill

Since 1994 Rick has officially and unofficially volunteered at the Fair, working with animal projects and educational exhibits. For the past 30 years Rick has volunteered in local Scout programs, YMCA Indian guides, sports coach, referee, Jr. Achievement in the public schools, and in 4-H as a project, club and program leader. Rick has been a member of a local school foundation board, Washington State 4-H foundation board and his local church advisory board.

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Don Ballard, 2017 Chair

Don has been active at the Fair for over 25 years. He is the 4-H Rabbit Superintendent and has exhibited in almost all of the Display Hall Departments. He began his fair involvement in the Needle Arts department, where he was Clerk, Superintendent, and Judge over the years. Don strives to be a voice for the county's youth and fair exhibitors. Don is a retired Boeing Co engineer.

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J. Elaine Johannsen

Elaine has over 30 years experience as a business analyst with extensive computer skills and has been a project manager for several large projects. Elaine is a past 4-H Leader and has been a FFA chaperone for events. Her reasons for serving would assist with keeping an agricultural and country focus for the fair while maintaining a safe, fun, and educational place for families.

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Vickie Andrew

Vickie has always been involved in the Evergreen State Fair. She has actively participated in the 4-H Horse program for over 30 years. Vickie was the original founder of “Friends of the Fair”. She previously served on the board in 2004–2009, but due to a job change she moved out of State. We are pleased to have Vickie back on the board, and as the Rodeo Committee Chairman!

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Tod Johnson, 2017 Vice Chair

Tod has been in business for many years in the Monroe area and has provided vehicles for the fair parade. Tod has been active in the community and involved with several service organizations. Tod said he is honored help guide the success of the fair for future generations to enjoy.