Chris Wiseman has been the General Manager of the Colorado State Fair since 2004. He is a Pueblo native and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from CSU-Pueblo. Chris spent six years as a staff member for Colorado Senator Tim Wirth. During his time with Senator Wirth, Chris worked as the Southern Colorado Ofﬁce Director in charge of natural resources, water, and economic development. He began his association with the Colorado State Fair while serving as an aide to former Governor Roy Romer. In 1996, Romer assigned Chris to assist in the expo’s return to state government.
In 1998, Chris became Assistant Manager of the Fair and in October of 2004, he was named General Manager. He now oversees the year-round operations of the Fairgrounds and is dedicated to building a strong ﬁnancial future for the expo, while educating youth on the importance of agriculture in Colorado.
If you are considering going cashless you won’t want to miss this interview! Chris and his team took a leap and used a Smart Card system during their 2013 Fair. Learn about the reactions from fairgoers and concessionaires, as well as the lessons learned from implementing a cashless system at a State Fair. There are some surprises and sage advice for going this direction in the future! Since the interview, Colorado State Fair has decided not to use the Smart Card system for the 2014 Fair for financial reasons, but they are considering different options for bringing it back in the future.