“I wrote my letter to him and tore it up 19 times over the last six months and tossed it around in my mind. Is this the right thing to do? Should I do this? Is it time for me to go? You know, it really came down to one chance to spend some more time with my parents. Most of my family lives down in South Missouri,” he said.
Wolfe is retiring as work begins to update the state fairgrounds, including a new arena that will be able to hold rodeos, building maintenance, and new campsites.
He said one of the best parts of the fair is working with 4-H and FFA members from across the state.
“One of my favorite things at the fair is to get a chance to go in and watch some kid’s show,” said Wolfe. “I don’t seem to get to do enough of that. It seems like about the time I get there, I get called away or something happens. You know, so I really enjoy watching the kids exhibit.”
Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn said this year’s fair is going to be somber.
“We’re going to work hard to find someone that matches Mark’s caliber at the fairgrounds,” she said.
The Missouri State Fair will be August 10 – 20 in west-central Missouri’s Sedalia.
Alisa Nelson is the Managing Editor of Missourinet, joining in spring 2015. Prior to working for Missourinet, she was an anchor/reporter Learfield’s affiliate station, 1400 KLIN in Lincoln, Nebraska for five years. Alisa had been a DJ on FM stations, B107.3, Froggy 98 and KOOL 105.3 along with airing traffic reports and sports events. She also worked as an afternoon host at affiliate station KSIB AM/FM in Creston, Iowa.