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The Jeffco Fair & Festival is made possible because of the dedication and generous spirit of many Jefferson County residents who are dedicated to delivering an attractive, inviting and appealing annual County Fair and Celebration.



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Team

Annie Smiley - Steering Committee Member

Annie Smiley - Steering Committee Member

“Every time I think about the Jeffco Fair & Festival and bringing together people from all across the county where they have a chance to learn new things, experience different attractions and enjoy all the West has to offer, I can’t help but think, “wow, I get to be a part of that!”” – Annie Smiley

Annie is a Midwest gal living and loving all Colorado has to offer! As the Marketing and Events Manager for the West Chamber, she has the opportunity to help businesses grow and thrive in Jeffco. She has a passion working with nonprofits and dedicates her time outside of work to volunteering with individuals with Down syndrome. Annie has worked in public relations for a nonprofit that benefited individuals with disabilities and as a program coordinator for Down Syndrome Indiana. A true community organizer at heart, Annie loves serving on the Jeffco Fair & Festival Steering Committee.

What is Annie looking forward to most at this year's event? Getting to dance at the Saloon!
Dexter Foxworth - Director, Jeffco Events & Venues

Dexter Foxworth - Director, Jeffco Events & Venues

"The success of the Jeffco Fair & Festival is truly a collaborative effort between staff, partners, County departments, committees and volunteers who have come together to deliver this Jefferson County celebration." - Dexter Foxworth

Blending a background in the nonprofit sector and as a senior leader for some of the world’s most recognizable entertainment brands, Dexter has successfully led the direction and execution for special events, corporate events, private parties, media stunts, projects, spectaculars, theme parks, grand openings, entertainment operations and more for companies such as ABC Television, Cirque du Soleil and the Walt Disney Company. Currently, Dexter is the Director for Events & Venues in Jefferson County, Colorado where he oversees a dynamic team that hosts and produces thousands of events annually.

What is Dexter looking forward to most at this year's event? The diversity of our offerings and entertainment. There's just so much to do and take in.
Glen Keller - Steering Committee Member

Glen Keller - Steering Committee Member

"The Jeffco Fair & Festival is a time to get together with folks from one end of the County to the other, to share in the accomplishments of our young people, to enjoy fun like a rodeo or other event, to see the art produced by our friends and neighbors, and, most of all, to appreciate what we are and from where we came." - Glen Keller

Glen and his wife have lived in Jefferson County since 1964, raised their kids here and have tried to put something back into the County. Together, they have operated the Westernaires since 1983 and been privileged to touch a lot of lives. Glen has served on the R-1 School Board, and been involved with Kiwanis, school committees and various county committees. Glen feels the Jeffco Fair & Festival is another opportunity to help leave Jefferson County a better place.

What is Glen looking forward to most at this year's event? Creating a great tradition.
Jacki Paone - Director, CSU Extension

Jacki Paone - Director, CSU Extension

“It is exciting to be part of this collaborative event that surrounds our 4-H youth with a community celebration.” - Jacki Paone

Jacki is the County Director for Colorado State University (CSU) Extension in Jefferson County. With a lengthy career as a leader and communicator, largely in the public education arena, Jacki has been the Leader for Operations and Administration at Faith Lutheran Church in Golden, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Teaching in Denver and Executive Director of the Erie County (NY) Association of School Boards. She is accredited in Public Relations (APR), has a Masters in Communications from the University of New York at Buffalo and received her undergraduate degree from Nazareth College of Rochester (NY).

What is Jacki looking forward to most at this year's event? The event growing and responding to what our community wants and needs to celebrate!
Jeff Keller - Steering Committee Member

Jeff Keller - Steering Committee Member

"I am truly honored to participate and contribute to the creation of the new Jeffco Fair and Festival while developing a culture that encourages a positive collaboration focused on our youth, agriculture and the Jefferson County community." - Jeff Keller

Jeff is a third generation owner of APC Construction Co., LLC; a heavy and highway construction company headquartered in Golden, CO. A Life-Member and former director of both the United States Team Penning Association (USTPA) and the Rocky Mountain Team Penning Association (RMTPA), Jeff is also a member of the National Western Stock Show Association, a Board Member and Officer of the Roundup Riders of the Rockies, an investor and former Chairman of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation.

What is Jeff looking forward to most at this year's event? A fun and entertaining rodeo and a total community festival and celebration.
Mark Skelton - Steering Committee Member

Mark Skelton - Steering Committee Member

"It's exciting to create a county celebration of our western heritage through a county event that supports all of our Jefferson County youth organizations." - Mark Skelton

Mark is a real estate broker with RE/MAX 100 Inc. He grew up in Jefferson County and has been active with Fairground's activities and events for nearly 50 years. A past member, parent and current instructor with the Westernaires, Mark has also served as a past member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse as well as member and past director of the Roundup Riders of the Rockies.

What is Mark looking forward to most at this year's event? 4-H, CSU Extension, rodeo, equine and agriculture activities.
Mindy Nelon - Steering Committee Member

Mindy Nelon - Steering Committee Member

"I'm incredibly proud to be part of an event that brings so much fun and happiness to our community. The Jeffco Fair & Festival has grown and become more innovative over the years, and it's exciting to be part of the process of bringing it to life." - Mindy Nelon

It's been Mindy's pleasure to cover Jefferson County for more than 4 years as a marketing consultant for Colorado Community Media Newspapers. She has worked in the media business for more than 8 years, and enjoys working with local businesses, non-profits and event planners every day to help inform the community about all the resources available to residents. Born in northeast Texas, she's been a Colorado resident for 8 years. She and her husband love music, going to the movies and taking care of their two dogs.

What is Mindy looking forward to most at this year’s event? I can't wait to see the Artisan Village, local vendors and their creations, and maybe even do a little shopping!
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