SACRAMENTO — The state auditor general Wednesday reported that a former manager of the Antelope Valley Fair operated it "in a very loose administrative fashion" and concealed the real balance sheet from the event's directors between 1986 and 1988.
"Specifically, the fair did not follow established budget and accounting requirements for managing fair resources," said Acting Auditor General Kurt R. Sjoberg, who added that the manager, C.W. Adams, "did not keep the board apprised of what was truly going on."
Adams, who served as manager for four years, retired in April, 1989, after the financial irregularities first surfaced. He eventually was charged with embezzling public funds to build a $700 fence around his house and purchase $500 worth of tires for two private vehicles. Last March, Adams entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor grand theft charge.
Adams, who until this summer handled promotions for a rodeo based in Marysville north of here, could not be reached for comment.