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Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds
Board of Directors

Codie Hart - President

Codie Hart and his wife Kathy have three children - Natasha, Amanda and Sage - all of whom grew up in the 4H program. Codie was an Adult Leader with 4H for 30 years, and was President of the Mariposa County 4H organization for six years. He was also on the Board for the Mariposa County High School Student Loan Association. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a Retired Lieutenant with the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department. 

Buz Arnold - Vice President

Buz 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 Fairgrounds provides for the community. He joined Friends of the Fairgrounds because he wishes to show support for the fairgrounds and the current fairgrounds administration, and for this organization to continue to operate in Mariposa County.

Christene Scott - Secretary

Christene Scott is married with two grown children. She is retired from 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 - Treasurer

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. She is also Treasurer of the Mariposa Republican Central Committee, and Secretary/Treasurer for the Las Mariposa Civil War Foundation, and is the Treasurer for the Mariposa County Sheriff's Foundation. She is married with 1 son, 1 step son and step daughter, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.


Carol Suggs - Board Member

After a successful career in automotive commercial finance, Suggs left the busy pace of silicon valley for a quieter Mariposa, where in 1999 the family purchased property along with in-laws 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 spent many years as the County Wide Horse Project Leader for Mariposa 4H.

Bev Suggs - Board Member

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 Shelton - Board Member

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 his children were very active in Mariposa County 4H and FFA. Kevin is very active with the FFA organization, and is also a  member of the Mariposa County Fairgrounds Board of Directors, as well as serving on the Boardof the Mariposa County Sheriff's Foundation.

Pat Wight - Board Member

Pat lives here in Mariposa County. She is a ball of fire, and works non-stop! She devotes a lot of time to helping organizations like ours! She is also a Board Member for the Mariposa County Sheriff's Foundation.

Morgan Williams - Board Member

Dan Tucker - Board Member

Kimberly Long - Board Member

A 4th Generation Californian, Kimberly Long was born and raised in Southern California.

The Long Family has deep ties to the Yosemite area. So, after 40 years in the apparel industry (with an emphasis on premium denim jeans), she decided to retire and relocate closer to family in Mariposa. Kimberly brings a global awareness and a “make it happen” attitude to the FOF and to keeping the Mariposa County Fairgrounds vibrant.


We invite you to chat with any Board member at 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.
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