GRAND ISLAND, NE — The Nebraska State Fair is promoting from within for its new executive director.

The Fair Board approved Jaime Parr for the top job at its meeting on Friday. Parr was serving as interim executive director following Bill Ogg’s departure.

“We are pleased and proud to have a native Nebraskan serving as executive director of the Nebraska State Fair,” board Chairman Bob Haag said. “Jaime’s longevity with the fair, knowledge of the institution and love of all things Nebraska made her the ideal choice.”

Parr first started working for the State Fair as a seasonal employee in 1998. Except for a four-year break, she has worked for the fair ever since. She held positions as a receptionist, rental manager, facility director and most recently served as deputy executive director. She also filled in as interim executive director in 2020.

“I’m thrilled to be taking this position on a permanent basis,” Parr said. “The fair has been such a big part of my life, as it has been for many Nebraskans. As a team, we’ll work together to ensure that the Nebraska State Fair continues to offer something for everyone.”

Parr is a Fremont native and holds degrees from Southeast Community. College and Doane College. She also graduated from the Institute of Fair Management and is a Certified Fair Executive.

She replaces Ogg, who resigned in October after managing three fairs. The board has credited him for building up financial reserves and navigating the fair through the pandemic.

The 2023 Nebraska State Fair will be from Aug. 25-Sep. 4.