Marybeth Hansen is Teton County's 2020 volunteer of the year.
"Thank you, Marybeth, for your time, dedication and commitment to making the Teton County Fair one of the best in the West," Commission Chairwoman Natalia D. Macker said Monday.
Hansen has served on the Teton County Fair Board for a decade and as its chair twice. One of those stints was in 2020, when the fair faced significant challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Marybeth was tasked with leading the board through, perhaps, the most uncertain and difficult planning process the Fair has ever experienced,” Teton County Fair and Fairgrounds Manager Rachel Grimes said in a press release. “Despite the Fair Board having to make the hard decision to cancel all the entertainment portions of the 2020 Fair, Marybeth made the most out of the Fair we were able to put on in 2020 — and we ended up having one of the most successful years ever in terms of open class Exhibit Hall and Horse Show entries, as well as the 4-H livestock sale.”
Hansen has also obtained over $10,000 in sponsorships for the fair, and brought new entertainment options to it like Jackson Hole Ninja Warrior and DJs and emcees for nightly events like Figure 8 races.
Fair Board member Gary Hardeman praised Hansen in the same press release: "She’s a true inspiration, and she always puts her money where her mouth is. She is hard-working, a team player, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to ensure the success of a fun and exciting Teton County Fair.”
Runners-up for the Teton County Volunteer of the Year award include:
- Dr. David Peterson, who serves on the Teton District Board of Health.
- Don Baker, who has served three terms on the Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling Board.
- Mary Cernicek, who serves as the vice chair of the Teton County Weed and Pest District Board and has been volunteering for 18 years.
- Susan Mick, who serves as the board chair of the START Board.
- Brian Gallagher, who serves as the board chair for Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism.
- Brian Modena, who services as the marketing chair for Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism.