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Leah Perkins-Hagele is involved in the Wingspan event and conference center that will be the centerpiece of a revitalized faircomplex in Hillsboro.

Leah Perkins-Hagele is the new Washington County Fair Complex venue manager after a nationwide search.

The announcement was made by County Administrator Robert Davis.

Perkins-Hagele began her career with Washington County in 2001 as the fair coordinator and became the fairgrounds manager in 2013.

She is past president of the Oregon Fairs Association and serves on the board for the Western Fairs Association. She graduated from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Institute of Fair Management in 2009 and received the IAFE certified fair executive designation in 2010. She is on the current IAFE board.

Perkins-Hagele is a member of the Hillsboro Rotary Club, a past president and board member.

Over the past few years, Perkins-Hagele has been a key member of the concept design and planning team for the county's new Wingspan Event and Conference Center, currently under construction on the Fair Complex grounds in Hillsboro. Wingspan will accommodate a wide range of year-round community activities, supported by a commercial kitchen, concessions, and 40,000 square feet of exposition space. The center will be the centerpiece of the proposed Fair Complex revitalization.

Among the duties of the venue manager are overall planning, organizing and directing of all services and logistics of the Fair Complex, including the Wingspan Event and Conference Center, and the annual county fair. In her new role as chief executive, Perkins-Hagele will be responsible to, and work closely with, the Fair Board, Fairgrounds Advisory Committee and the County Administrative Office.

NOTE: Corrects error made in official release.


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