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The Year of Retirements

The Washington State Fair Industry has flourished with the participation of dedicated Managers who have given far more than salaries dictate. Two long term Managers, both having served as WSFA President's, announced their retirements this year.

In March, Rich Hartzell left the Spokane Interstate Fair after one of the most successful seasons in recent history. Please see the article attached:
King of the Fair

April saw an icon call for this year to be his last. Greg Stewart, General Manager and Board President, will oversee one more Fair at State Fair Park. Greg has been a powerful voice and force for Fairs in Washington. Greg Stewart remains a Past-President of the WSFA and received the WSFA Lifetime Achievement recognition. However, he not only shared his talents with Washington, but worked tirelessly for Fair through the WFA (Western Fairs Association) and the I.A.F.E. (International Association of Fairs and Expositions).

On Tuesday April 23, The Washington State Legislature will recognize Greg Stewart though a Senate Resolution!

Please read the attached articles:
Yakima Herald
Greg Stewart Biography

Nevada Slim's final trail ride...

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Nevada Slim & Cimarron Sue were staples of entertainment offerings throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond…

Bruce Matley, aka "Nevada Slim," performed for forty-plus years. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada August 7, 1948 to a pioneer cattle ranching family, Slim spent his youth in the saddle on the ranges of Northern Nevada, in the hayfields, working cattle, and the various tasks associated with ranching. Until 1998, he still ranched part time in Nevada while performing. Since then, it's been cowboy music full time. Many of the traditional western songs in Slim’s repertoire were learned in childhood on the family ranch from cowboys who began their working lives in the 1890s. “The Ranch that I Can’t See” (on their CD Westerners) is a tale about how much he missed that ranch, which is now the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Sadly, Bruce is now forging a new trail, having passed away December 23 at home.

To really get a feel of this man, please click on the link for a wonderful life story posted by long time musical partner, and partner in life, Susan Matley.


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