The Merced County Fair announced the 2020 officer positions for the 35th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors, which was made official on Jan. 13 after a Board vote during its monthly meeting. Those positions are: Carol Sartori-Silva, President; Lee Lor, First Vice President; and Kim Rogina, Second Vice President.
“It is exciting to have the opportunity to work with Carol in a new capacity as our Board President, who has been involved in the fair her whole life. Her connections with our fair, our community and our agriculture community run deep,” said Teresa Burrola, CEO of the Merced County Fair. “I look forward to the year ahead as she further helps us continue to serve our community and grow the Fair.”
Sartori-Silva has a longstanding relationship with the Fair, having served on the Merced County Fair Board for more than 20 years. She has served as a Fiscal Supervisor for the Merced County Welfare to Work Department, as well as a Civil Assistant in the Merced County Marshal’s Office. She has previously served as a member of the California Women in Agriculture, Merced County Historical Society and the Western Fairs Association. Carol was also a charter member of the Friends of the Merced County Fair, which is the Fair’s non-profit foundation.
“I’m honored and excited to serve as the fair’s Board President of the Merced County Fair, which has been part of my life since the age of three and is a tradition for my family and generations of families in our area,” said Sartori-Silva. “I am so proud of what the fair provides our community – a family-friendly, safe place to gather and connect – while promoting educational advancement and agriculture, all while having fun! I look forward to future improvements to the grounds, which is made possible by Friends of the Merced County Fair and the generous support from our community, and a wonderful 2020 fair!”
First Vice President Lor of Merced was first appointed to the Merced County Fair Board in 2013. She held multiple positions at the Merced County Office of Education including Executive Director of the Merced County Education Foundation. Lor is a former board member of the Merced Lao Family Community and Mercy Medical Center Merced. She is a member of the American Leadership Forum – Great Valley Chapter and Chair of the First 5 Merced County. In 2016, she was elected to the Merced County Board of Supervisors representing District 2, a position she proudly holds.
Second Vice President, Rogina of Merced was first appointed to the Merced County Fair board in 2015. She is co-owner of her family farming business Rogina Inc. established in 1985. She is also a real estate agent with Next Door Real Estate Professionals (formerly Century 21 Salvadori Realty). Rogina served as president and on the Board of Directors for the Merced County Association of Realtors. She is a member of California Women for Agriculture, the Merced County Farm Bureau, and a California Agricultural Leadership Program alumnus.
The 2020 Merced County Fair will be held June 10 – 14. For more information, visit mercedcountyfair.com.