Minnesota State Fair Manager to speak at 2017 ASAO Conference

October 31, 2017

Jerry Hammer, General Manager of the Minnesota State Fair, will be joining the ASAO Conference this weekend as one of the main speakers.

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest events in the world, attracting nearly 2 million visitors during its 12-day late summer run. The Fair has been held at the historic 320-acre Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul since 1885, and today its many permanent facilities feature an eclectic mix of architecture styles spanning more than a century, plus many parks and green spaces.

Mr. Hammer started working at the Fair’s greenhouse as a summer staffer while in high school, followed by a variety of full-time positions in events, media, marketing and public relations. He is currently serving his 21st year as State Fair General Manager.

In 2007, Mr.Hammer served as Chairman of the International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE). He is also past president of the Mid-West Fairs Association and is the recipient of a variety of professional and community awards including membership in the IAFE’s Hall of Fame.

He has visited fairs and festivals throughout North America, as well as in England, Scotland, the European mainland, Asia and Australia. He has also participated in two RASC conferences. In addition to the IAFE, the Minnesota State Fair has memberships in the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, Western Fairs Association, Better Business Bureau and various Twin Cities tourism and civic groups.

Jerry Hammer is a graduate of St. Paul’s Holy Childhood grade school, Cretin High School and College of St. Thomas. He and his wife Debby are both life-long residents of St. Paul’s Como Park neighborhood in the shadow of the fairgrounds. They have two grown married children and four grandchildren.