Former Mid-State Fair CEO Maynard Potter dies

Maynard Potter, the man credited with growth of the Mid-State Fair, died Friday in Idaho, CEO Vivian Robertson said Monday. He was 70.

Potter, who was chief executive officer of the fair from 1968 until he retired in 1993, attracted acts such as musicians Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lionel Ritchie and other entertainers during his tenure. He was credited as the first fair manager to bring named entertainment to an event, Robertson said in astatement.

After retiring, Potter and his wife Becky moved to a ranch in Emmett, Idaho, where they raised cattle and show sheep, Robertson said.

He is also survived by their four children, Monica Potter, Todd Potter, Scott Potter, Kevin Potter; sister Martha Burnell; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Kristian.

A celebration of his life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Potter Funeral Home in Emmett, Idaho.