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New manager hired for WNC Ag Center

Sean McKeon has been hired as the new WNC Agricultural Center and WNC Mountain State Fair manager, replacing long-time manager Matt Buchanan, who retired earlier this year.

McKeon most recently served as state executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in Dover, Delaware, where he managed a staff of 16 overseeing farm, loan, disaster and conservation programs. Before that, he was director of communications and community relations for Mountaire Farms Inc. in Delaware and North Carolina, focusing on government and community relations, business development and marketing. From 2005 to 2013, he was association president of the N.C. Fisheries Association. He and his wife Sheri have four children. 

The WNC Agricultural Center, operated by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, hosts horse and community events and trade shows throughout the year. The facility hosts the annual WNC Mountain State Fair, this year slated for Sept. 9-18.

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