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Antelope Valley Fair Association Board of Directors 2020 announcement

AV Fair & Event Center


December 19, 2020

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Newton Chelette, Gary Van Dam, and Gus Camacho.

The AV Fair & Event Center (AVF) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) has reappointed Gus Camacho, Newton Chelette and Gary Van Dam to the Antelope Valley Fair Association's (AVFA) Board of Directors. All three re-appointments will serve a four-year term.

"The reappointment of these three individuals ensures continuity and maintains strong leadership of the AVFA Board of Directors, which are vital assets as we continue to navigate these challenging times, while planning for an exciting future of this beloved venue and all it brings to our community," according to JPA Board President Marvin Crist.

The three re-appointments round out the 11 member AVFA Board of Directors.

Gus Camacho has served on the AVFA Board since 2015 and has made considerable contributions as La Feria, La Plaza and Motor Sports chair/member. His extensive business acumen in financial management and deep fair industry knowledge is a significant benefit to the AVFA Board.

Gary Van Dam has served on the AVFA Board for five years. Van Dam's wide ranging agricultural and business expertise has been, and will continue to be, instrumental in shaping the future of the AVFA Board.

Newt Chelette brings decades of executive experience in education and community strategy to the AVFA Board. He has served on the AVFA Board for the past seven years. Chelette's vast skills, background, and expertise will continue to bring invaluable insights to AVFA Board vision and development strategies.

All three re-appointment terms commence on December 31.

"I congratulate Mr. Van Dam, Mr. Camacho and Mr. Chelette on their re-appointments. They have been a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to the valuable and ongoing contributions they will continue to make to the AVFA Board of Directors," said Drew Mercy, AVFA Board of Directors president.

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