Employee Profile: Livestock Office Manager Summer Senter shares her love of the shows

Fuquay-Varina’s Summer Senter has been managing the N.C. State Fair Livestock Office for the past four years. Her main duties are to oversee the livestock shows and scholarship awards. Summer is happy to be deeply rooted in the livestock and agriculture community, always speaking highly of its professions. She’s made dear friends along the way and has quite an interesting story about how she wound up being a part of the State Fair family. Agriculture was not the career path Summer initially intended to follow. She attended Wake Tech Community College for Business Administration and went into banking. Summer did…

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New fairgrounds police chief settling in just in time for GTBNC festival

The N.C. State Fair has a new police chief who’s just getting settled into the job in time for the Got to Be NC Festival. Anthony “Tony” Prignano started on April 25. Technically, his job title is Public Safety and Security Chief, and it’s a shift from his decades of work in the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. “When I retired from the sheriff’s office in March at age 53, I didn’t want to just quit working,” Prignano said. “I’ve been in in law enforcement for nearly 30 years. It’s not just something that leaves your blood. When it comes to…

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Employee Profile: Maintenance worker Thuy Ksor brings Montagnard culture to the fairgrounds

Thuy Ksor may be accustomed to the fresh air and green grass in the Vietnam central highlands, but he gets his fill of the countryside right here at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Ksor, part of an ethnic minority group called the Montagnards, came to North Carolina in 2007. He’s one of about 20 Montagnard employees at the fairgrounds, and after getting his maintenance job here in 2008, he attributes much of what he’s learned in America so far to the diversity of tasks under his jurisdiction. “My job is totally different from everybody’s – I help people finish construction jobs…

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