Parsons will begin work at the "World's Greatest County Fair" in August. He will replace longtime manager Phil Hurst when Hurst retires later in the fall.
Parsons comes to the Clay County Fair with a long history in the fair business. He is currently executive secretary of the Missouri State Fair Foundation, leading efforts to restore and preserve the historic Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Prior to accepting that full-time position, Parsons spent more than 15 years as a summer employee of the Decatur County Fair in Leon, Iowa, the Iowa State Fair, and the Missouri State Fair.
After graduating from college, Parsons spent 11 years as a high school English teacher and coach at Newton-Harris High School in Newton,Missouri, teaching and coaching during the school year and working at the various fairs in the summer.
Parsons and his wife Kelsi were married in 2007 and have a two-year-old son, Creighton.
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