Fair manager to leave post

March 24, 2003 12:00 am

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Buck King, coordinator of Calaveras County's famed frog jump contests for more than a quarter century, will resign from his post as manager of the Calaveras County fairgrounds.

Without offering a reason or resignation date, King made his announcement to the 39th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors on March 12.

King — who earns about $49,000 per year — has managed the fairgrounds since 1996. He worked his first year for free because the fair was struggling financially.

The Vallecito resident has been involved with the fair through the Angels Boosters Club since 1969.

King said he didn't want to comment on the reasons for his resignation.

"There are a lot of things I have accomplished, so I feel like it's time for me to move along." King said.

On Wednesday, the fair board will hold a closed meeting to discuss how to proceed through the next few months.

The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee is set for May 15-18.

"He could be here for weeks, he could be here for months," said Bob Trinchero, president of the fair board. "We're trying to talk him into the more lengthy period of time."

King said he wants to leave by May 30.

However, Trinchero would not say he was surprised by the announcement.

"Buck's been with the fair a long time, and he's done a lot of good things," Trinchero said. "But there's a certain point in everyone's life when you realize you need to tie up what you're doing and move on to the next thing. I think that's where he's at."