FAIRFIELD — Mike Paluszak, general manager of the Solano County Fairgrounds, has been honored as one of the newest inductees into Hall of Fame of the Western Fairs Association.
He was named along with Cotton Rosser, owner of the Flying U Rodeo in Marysville.
“It’s one of the few occasions that rendered me absolutely speechless, which takes some doing as many will attest,” Paluszak said in a press release. “The only thing that could make it even be better is to be inducted with one of my longtime heroes and good friend Cotton Rosser.”
“Cotton and Mike define commitment and service,” fair association president Kent Hojem said. “They are perfect additions to the WFA Hall of Fame.”
Paluszak’s career in the fair industry began 35 years ago with his first fair management position as executive director and fair manager of the Las Vegas Jaycees State Fair. He worked as chief executive officer and general manager of the of the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee in the second half of the 1980s. Paluszak took the position of CEO of the Ventura County Fair from 1989 to 2000.
After establishing his own company, Crystal Events, in 2000, he returned in 2008 to full-time fair management as general manager of the Solano County Fairgrounds.
A board of directors governs the Solano County Fair Association, which was established in 1949.
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