The Arkansas State Fair, (ASF) one of the state’s favorite annual pastimes (with record-breaking attendance over the past two years), has appointed Little Rock native Tiffany Wilkerson as its new general manager. She is not only the first female to serve as general manager for the ASF, but also the first African American general manager and, at age 39, the youngest to serve in this role.
Wilkerson has worked for the Arkansas Livestock Show Association (ALSA) for the past 20 years, with roles including Commercial Exhibitor Coordinator, Box Office Manager, and Director of Administration – an experience that will serve her well in her new position with the ASF. She will be responsible for overseeing all business operations, as well as directing all activities for the promotion, preparation, and production of the annual Arkansas State Fair. Furthermore, she will establish and maintain business organization and structure to efficiently conduct the management functions of the Arkansas Fairgrounds on a year-round basis.
Wilkerson hopes to build upon the traditions of the ASF while growing the Fairgrounds as a year-round event venue along with an ag-educational program. In her words, “I am thrilled at this opportunity. My entire career as part of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association has been full of exciting challenges.
I intend to take my 20 years of experience and build on our recent levels of success. The sky’s the limit for the Arkansas State Fair and our Association.”
Bruce Maloch, Chairman of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association, says of Wilkerson, “Tiffany’s historical knowledge, experience, and expertise make her the perfect choice to serve as General Manager of the Arkansas State Fair. She is familiar with all aspects of the State Fairgrounds and will provide the leadership to make the fairgrounds the premier entertainment and livestock exhibition venue in the state.”
To learn more about the Arkansas State Fair, upcoming attractions, and event facilities available to rent year-round, visit arkansasstatefair.com or call 501-372-8341.