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New State Fair Board CEO ready for New Year

Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – During a visit to his new worksite, Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe said he has a lot he wants to accomplish, but first he has a lot of research to do.  

On January 1, Rippetoe begins his term as chief executive officer of the Kentucky State Fair Board. At the top of his agenda, Rippetoe said he plans to meet with his team and map out where the State Fair Board is and where they need to be.  

The State Fair Board has had a rocky couple of years with Kentucky Kingdom closing and losing the UofL basketball teams to the KFC Yum! Center.  

"I think it's no secret that the budget is obviously going to be an issue and a concern moving forward," said Rippetoe. 

Among the things Rippetoe said he wants to do is build the state as a world class destination. He also plans to concentrate on the Kentucky International Convention Center downtown and Kentucky Kingdom. Rippetoe said he recognizes the importance of Kentucky Kingdom to Louisville.

"It's certainly an emotional topic," said Rippetoe, "I think there are certainly a lot of people that hope that it opens. I know I'll be entrenched in that beginning in January."

The new CEO said he has three top goals for this upcoming year: Build a relationship with his team, form a client advisory committee to hear from clients, and create an opportunity to regularly meet with state fair vendors.

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