The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs has honored North Dakota State Fair Manager Renae Korslien as Fair Manager of the Year. Korslien was honored at the association’s 2012 annual convention in Boise, Idaho.
The award is given to a fair manager who has made outstanding contributions to their fair and community. This year’s award recognizes Korslien for her outstanding leadership during and after the devastating June 2011 Mouse River flood.
During the crisis, Korslien worked with city leaders and area contractors to successfully build protective dikes that saved the State Fair Center and the new multi-million dollar Grandstand. In retrospect, these efforts were vital to ensuring that the Fair made a quick recovery despite the cancellation of the 2011 Fair, the first-ever cancellation of the annual event, and more than $6 million in damages.
Korslien led the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the months that followed while also moving forward with plans for the 2012 State Fair. That Fair set a new attendance record which marked the Fair’s successful recovery. “It is truly an honor to receive this award amongst so many deserving managers,” states Korslien. “The success of the North Dakota State Fair is truly a team effort and none of this would have been possible without the dedication of my staff.”
Korslien has been involved with the North Dakota State Fair for 36 years and has been employed as the State Fair Manager since 2010. The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs is a regional trade association comprised of fair and event professionals from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.