PLEASANTON -- Rick Pickering, Alameda County Fair's chief executive officer for nearly14 years, is leaving to run the California State Fair in Sacramento, fair officials announced Tuesday.
Pickering, 54, is expected to start later this month in his new job as general manager of the state fair, also known as Cal Expo.
Pickering has been credited with boosting attendance at the Alameda County Fair, holding more events at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton, and improving fair finances.
At the state fair, Pickering will replace Norb Bartosik, who retires at the end of the year as general manager.
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