SPOKANE — Heather Hamlin has been attending the Spokane Ag Expo since she was 9 years old.
Next year, she’ll be in charge of it.
Hamlin will take over March 1 as director of the Spokane Ag Expo and agribusiness for Greater Spokane Inc., which sponsors the show.
Current director Myrna O’Leary retires March 30.
Hamlin has been with GSI for nearly three years, serving as director of investor relations.
She grew up in Elk, Wash., and participated in 4-H, FFA, sewing, baking and raising sheep, goats and cows and was Pend Oreille County Fair Queen. Hamlin grew up on a 40-acre hobby farm, raising pigs and cows. Her in-laws still run a hobby farm in Elk.
“It’s such a great show,” she said of the annual Ag Expo. “Our role on behalf of GSI is just to continue growing it, making it fresh and fun every year.”
“Ag Expo has been a staple in the community for 41 years, it’s done a lot of great things,” said Expo assistant site manager Ryan Rodin, who is also a government contracting specialist with GSI. “We’re excited to bring in a new perspective and build on the great work that’s already taken place.”
Rodin has assisted longtime volunteer and site manager Brad Hoyt for the past two years.
Rodin said the goal is to find ways to draw more people to the event.
“We don’t want to fix something that’s not broken,” Hamlin said.