Pat Conklin has been on the job as the new chief executive officer of the Sonoma-Marin Fair less than three months, but she already feels like shes part of the community.
Ive been welcomed with open arms and Im thrilled to be here, said Conklin, who took over in January from longtime CEO Tawny Tesconi, the new manager of the Sonoma County Fair.
I love fairs, she said. They serve a valuable purpose to the community.
In January, Conklin moved her family and pets from Gridley to the west side of Petaluma to begin her new job.
Im thrilled to be going to the Sonoma-Marin Fair because its always had a good reputation, she said. The area that encompasses the 4th District Agricultural Association is a wonderful location, with a great atmosphere. I especially like the team effort of the fair staff and their dedication to the community.
Being the manager of a smaller fair enables Conklin to be more diverse in her job duties and work closely with the staff to create a strong team environment.
Its not about the job or the pay, said Conklin. Its what the fair represents.
Conklin and her family enjoy exploring Petaluma and getting to know their new home.
Petaluma is a city that feels like a small town, said Conklin. I like driving two minutes outside of town and finding myself in the middle of the country.
Conklin appreciates the rolling hills that surround Petaluma and its proximity to the ocean. She looks forward to enjoying the North Bays temperate summer weather.
I love Petaluma, said Conklin. Its a beautiful town filled with friendly people and unique architecture.
Although Conklin spends a lot of time at the fairgrounds, she has discovered the joy of shopping at Whole Foods and takes her family to McNears restaurant for hamburgers.
In her limited spare time, Conklin enjoys running and spending time with her daughters and husband.
Conklin grew up in the agricultural area of Dixon just south of Sacramento. She was involved in fairs from an early age, participating in bake sales and submitting textiles to fair exhibits, including the annual California State Fair.