DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds has a new general manager. The fair’s board of directors announced on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 that longtime fairgrounds employee Shawn Loter will replace general manager Bob Fox, who is set to retire on December 31, 2016.
Although Loter will assume his new duties on January 1, 2017, Mississippi Valley Fair Board president Mike Vondran says Fox has agreed to serve as a consultant to the fairgrounds through next summer.
“I am pleased that Shawn has accepted this new role and challenge. I and the entire board are confident he will continue to move our grounds and events, including the fair, in a positive direction.”
Fair officials say Loter has worked in maintenance at the fairgrounds from June 1989 to May 2006 when he became maintenance manager. Since then, he has been heavily involved in all aspects of fairgrounds operations, including the fair and interim events.
In addition to his work at the fairgrounds, Loter has owned and operated two companies in recent years, Wild Meadows Tree Farm and Haunted Feargrounds.
Loter, a 1993 graduate of Davenport West High School, lives in Bettendorf. The fair board says he was selected following a nationwide search for Fox’s replacement.
“He has a real passion for the Mississippi Valley Fair and its mission, and we applaud it.”