Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds
Board of Directors
Buzz is currently an Agriculture Instructor at Mariposa High School. He has lived and taught high school agriculture in the community for 10 years and
sees the vital role that the Mariposa County Fair Grounds provides for the community. He joined Freinds of the Fairgrounds because he wishes to show
support for the fairgounds and the current fairgrounds administration, and for this organization to continue to operate in Mariposa County.
Christene Scott is married with two grown children. She is a Branch Manager with Westamerica Bank, and her heart is here in Mariposa. She serves in
many capacities here in our community. Among these she is the Treasurer an Executive Committee/Board Member for Mariposa Safe Families,
Treasurer and Board Member for Mariposa Fire Safe Council and serves on the SBA grant committee. Christine volunteers at the FFA, 4H and Open
shows at the fairgrounds.
Karen Verdugo moved to Mariposa in 2003 working from home as office manager for contractors in the Bay area and retired in 2009. Karen has a
BA in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. She worked 25 years for General Cable as a major manufacturer of telephone,
burial, building and electronic cables. Among the different positions she held was as Customer Service Manager for the Western Region. Karen was
both President and Secretary for the Golden Oaks Lions, currently a member of Soroptimist as Treasurer and Chairman of the Christmas Craft Show.
She is also Treasurer of the Mariposa Republican Central Committee, and Secretary/Treasurer for the Las Mariposa Civil War Foundation. She is
married with 1 son, 1 step son and step daughter, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Buz Arnold - President
Christine Scott - Secretary
Karen Verdugo - Treasurer
Carol Suggs - Board Member
Bev Suggs - Board Member
Kevin Shelton - Board Member
Codie Hart - Board Member
Codie Hart and his wife Kathy have three children - Natasha, Amanda and Sage - all of whom grew up in the 4H program. Sage, their youngest was
also an FFA member and attended Mariposa County High School. He played in the Grizzly Band. Codie has been an Adult Leader with 4H for 24
years, and was President of the Mariposa County 4H organization for six years. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a Lieutenant with the Mariposa County
Sheriff's Department assigned to the Adult Detention Facility. Codie is a past President of both the Deputy Sheriff's Association, and the Sheriff"s
Management Association. He has been on the negotiating committee for both the DSA and the SMA. Codie is also the Web Master for Friends of the
Fairgrounds and the owner of Owl Creek Communication.
In 1999 our family bought a ranch in Mariposa. By 2003 my husband and I along with our daughter, son-in-law, son, daughter-in-law and
grandchildren had all moved from San Jose to Mariposa. We had an auto body repair business in San Jose for over 35 years. I was a 4-H member, as
were my two children and my grandson. I was also a 4-H project leader and a 4-H club leader for many years. I am now treasurer for the St. Joseph's
Ladies' Guild, assistant treasurer for the Soroptimist, a Manna House volunteer and a member of the Las Mariposas Civil War Foundation.
Kevin is the organizing genius behind the very popular Friends of the Fairgrounds Suds and Sausage event. He is a local business executive, lives
locally with his family and has children who are active in Mariposa County 4H.
After a successful career in automotive commerical finance, Suggs left the busy pace of silicon valley for a quieter Mariposa, where in 1999 the family
purchased property along with inlaws and created a family ranch where they now raise a small herd of beef production cattle. Suggs currently works at
the Mariposa County Planning Department. She has been actively involved as a committee chairperson, and officer or board member in several
community groups including past president of the Mariposa Mountain Riders, current Vice President of the Merced Horsemen's Association,
Committee member for the Fair Horse Show Committee, Co Founder and Lead Coordinator for the Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Royalty Contest
and is heading into her 10th year as the County Wide Horse Project Leader for Mariposa 4H.
We invite you to chat with any Board member any time. We'd love to
know what you think, and hear your suggestions. You're also invited
to attend the public portions of any Board meeting. The Board meets
at the fairgrounds the third Thursday of each month. The
fairgrounds belongs to Mariposa County, and we each need to do
what we can to ensure it is always there.
Back row from left: Kevin Shelton, Codie Hart, Sterling Cramer, Kion Kashefi (former
member), Buzz Arnold, Front row from left: Karen Verdugo, Carol Suggs, Bev Suggs,
Sterling Cramer - Vice President
Sterling Cramer grew up in Mariposa and graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1981. Sterling is married to Suzanne and has three children.
Suzanne's Grandfather, Walt Palmer, was a Mariposa Fairgrounds Board of Directors member and Board President. Sterling is employed by the Mariposa
County Sheriff's Office where he is currently the Operations Captain in charge of the Patrol and Investigations Divisions. Sterling is a:
Current Friends of the Mariposa Fairgrounds Board member
Current Mariposa County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board Member
Past President of the Mariposa Sheriff's Management Association
Former President of the Mariposa Deputy Sheriff's Association
Former Mariposa County Grand Jury member
Former Mariposa County High School Track Coach
United States Navy Veteran
Participated in High School Football games at the Mariposa Fairgrounds
Participated in High School Track meets at the Mariposa Fairgrounds
Spouse and children have shown animals in 4H and FFA at the Mariposa Fairgrounds
American Cancer Society Team Captain at Relay for Life held at the Mariposa Fair Grounds for last 9 years.
Larry Vilott -Board Member
A native Californian, Larry and his wife Maggie, relocated from Southern California to Mariposa in 2005. Larry has been active with numerous
local non-profit endeavors including Las Mariposas Civil War Days, and most recently MyIP. He has been active with Friends of the Fairgrounds
since it's inception. Professionally, Larry has served as Sr. Designer and Sr. Art Director with several major advertising agencies and corporations
in Orange and Riverside Counties, producing print and media advertising for consumer and B2B campaigns for local to international distribution.
He has provided design and printing services locally for 10 years. Larry is the graphic arts master for FOF.