After more than a half-century of serving Curry County as the fair manager, Ron Crook has set his sights on retirement, ending one of the longest assignments of any living Oregon fair manager.

Nikki Sparks will assume the role of Curry County fair manager, according to fair spokesperson Mureen Walker.

This Friday at 4 p.m. the public is invited celebrate Crook’s accomplishments, tenure, vision and retirement for the Curry County Fair over the decades with a “grand send off,” Walker said. A dinner in his honor will be held in Docia Sweet Hall at the Event Center at the Beach in Gold Beach.

Fair board and Friends of the Fair members will prepare and serve a free dinner to the community.

For more information, call 541-247-4541.