A Public Corporation is an entity that is created by the state to carry out public missions and services. In order to carry out these public missions and services, a public corporation participates in activities or provides services that are also provided by private enterprise. A public corporation is granted increased operating flexibility in order to best ensure its success, while retaining principles of public accountability and fundamental public policy. The board of directors of a public corporation is appointed by the Governor but is otherwise delegated the authority to set policy and manage the operations of the public corporation.

Our Mission

The mission of the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center is to provide a reason and a place for all people to gather, connect, learn, embrace excellence in all forms and celebrate the achievements of Oregonians.

Our Vision

We envision a relevant Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center that embodies good stewardship of the public’s trust and serves as a self-sustaining asset for Oregonians to treasure long into the future.

Adopted by the Oregon State Fair Council on 12/4/14


Council Members

  • Jon Chandler - Chair Former Executive Director, Oregon Home Builders Association
  • Kevin Cameron - Vice Chair Marion County Commissioner 
  • Vicki Berger - Council Member Former Representative, Oregon State Legislature 
  • Loyal Burns - Council Member Board of Directors, Veterinary Services Inc. & Sheep Breeder
  • Gene Derfler - Council Member - Past Council Chair Former Senate President, Oregon State Senate
  • George Jennings - Council Member Counsel to the President, Mountain West Investment Co.
  • Dayna Jung - Council Member Consultant/Owner, Project Design Group
  • Austin McGuigan - Council Member Community Development Director, Polk County
  • Representative Mike Nearman - Advisory Council Member Oregon State House of Representatives
  • Leah Perkins-Hagele - Council Member Fairgrounds Manager, Washington County Fair Complex
  • Steve Powers - Advisory Council Member Salem City Manager
  • Senator Arnie Roblan - Advisory Council Member Oregon State Senate
  • Craig Smith - Council Member - Past Council Chair Former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chemeketa Community College



  • Michael Paluszak Director and Chief Executive Officer
  • Kim Grewe-Powell Director of Marketing and State Fair Programming
  • Jim Hinkle Director of Administration and Operations
  • Wayne Petersen Director of Expo Center Events and State Fair Vendors


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Oregon State Fair Council

2330 17th Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

(971) 701-6573