New state fair director is from Montana

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) A Montana woman is the new person in charge of the Nebraska state fair.

The state fair board announced in Kearney today that it's chosen Lori K. Cox as the fair's new general manager.

Cox replaces Joe McDermott who retired from that post last year.

Cox is formerly general manager of the Big Sky Country State Fair in Bozeman, MT. In a press release the fair board said Cox had 26 years in strategic leadership and marketing, including 12 years in fair venue management. The press release also said during Cox's tenure the Big Sky Country State Fair, the Western Idaho Fair and the Montana State Fair all achieved record growth in areas such as attendance, sponsorships, carnival, concession, e-ticket sales and media coverage.

“Words cannot begin to express just how excited I am about this opportunity,”said Cox. “The Nebraska State Fair has a long, rich history of providing an entertaining and educational venue that showcases the people, talent and products of Nebraska. I believe there’s an opportunity to build upon this heritage, while accelerating the steady growth that the Fair has seen, particularly in recent years. I look forward to working with the staff, Fair partners, the community of Grand Island and the people of Nebraska.”

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