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Bonner County Fair Board


The Bonner County Fair Board consists of a group of volunteer community members who are passionate about all the workings of the fairgrounds.
The board meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm.
To be placed on the meeting agenda:
  • Call the Fair Office (208) 263-8414 OR email fairgrounds@bonnercountyid.gov at least one week prior to the meeting.
  • Presentations to Fair Board are limited to three minutes.
  • A response will be mailed within 7 working days following the meeting from the board.
Interested in serving on the Fair Board? Interested parties must write a letter of interest to the Bonner County Commissioners in October of the year prior to terms ending. Bonner County Commissioners website

Get to know Fair Board Members

Tim Mahan - Chairman

Tim Mahan - Chairman

Tim and his wife Linda live on a three generational homestead they built in 1976 after leaving military service, where their kids and grandkids help them raise
Registered Shetland Sheep.
Tim has always had a passion for the Fair and Rodeo with a deep desire to promote and maintain the
agricultural tradition in Bonner County. He is a big supporter of 4H, believing that raising livestock in
particular builds the character and qualities that will serve our children well throughout their lives.
Tim loves fair week which he describes as a “county wide family reunion”. His family love showing their sheep and participating as vendors at the fair.
Tim feels honored to serve on the Fair Board and looks forward to maintaining and improving the
fairground for the generations to come.
Jody Russell Vice Chairman

Jody Russell Vice Chairman

Jody Russell is very active at the fairgrounds. She is the Head Barn Superintendent and also a Beef Superintendent. She has been a member of the Market Animal Livestock Committee and 4-H Horse Leaders Council as well as other activities at the fairgrounds. Jody is dedicated to educating the community as to the importance of Agriculture in our community.
Gail Curless

Gail Curless

Gail has served on the board for almost two decades. She is a 4-H leader and helped start the Ranch Sorting event. During fair week, Gail has loved working in the beef barn and helping with Ranch Sorting. She and her husband Randy have also been superintendents and judges for exhibits.
Laya Bleckwenn

Laya Bleckwenn

Laya Bleckwenn is a 4th generation resident of Bonner County. She was an active 4-H member in her youth and continued into adulthood as a 4-H project leader. Laya’s passion is horses and using them in a variety of disciplines. Along with serving on the Fair Board she is also a rodeo committee member. She feels that serving in both of these capacities is an opportunity to help promote, educate, and preserve the agricultural heritage of the community, and way of life.
Tawnya Johnson

Tawnya Johnson

Tawnya was raised in Spokane Valley and was a 4-H member of Greenacres Sheep Club and showed
market lambs and steers at the Spokane Jr. Livestock Show, Spokane Interstate Fair and SE Spokane
County Fair. An avid seamstress as well, she competed in the "Make it with wool" competitions and was also involved with Spokane Co. 4-H and livestock orgs., serving as Superintendent of the Spokane Co. Interstate Fair Market Stock Sale and President of the Spokane Interstate Livestock Boosters and Spokane Jr. Livestock Show Board of Trustees.
Tawnya moved to the Sagle area in 2013 and is actively
involved with the Bonner County Market Animal Livestock Committee.
Ben Wood

Ben Wood

Born as a fourth generation cattle rancher, Ben grew up on the Wood V-X Ranch here in Sandpoint.
Ben graduated from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming with an Associates of Applied Science in Farm and Ranch Business Management.
Ben owns and operates Wood’s Hay and Grain which is proud to stay true to its Ag roots.

2024 Fair Board Meeting Minutes

There was no quorum for the September 2022 Fair Board Meeting.
Members present: Jody Russell, Elaine Linscott, and Laya Bleckwenn
Members absent: Gail Curless, Marj Tilley and Bruce Hollett: Eddie Gordon did advise Jody that he would not be in attendance.
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