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Fox's Final Fair

Mississippi Valley Fair

After 21 years, the man in charge of the Mississippi Valley Fair is retiring. General Manager Bob Fox's final fair ended Sunday, but he'll stick around officially until the end of the year.

Since he arrived in 1996, Fox says a lot of improvements have been made to the fairgrounds in Davenport, including new buildings, new bathrooms, and paving many areas so it's not so muddy when it rains.
Fox says he's not exactly sure what type of person the fair board will look for to replace him, but the new general manager will have a very complicated job.

The job includes public relations, marketing, sales, negotiating with unions, and hiring talent.

Credit Mississippi Valley Fair

At the age of 72, and after more than 40 years working for fairs and circuses, Fox says it's time for someone younger to take over, and for him to spend more time with his family. 


A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.