(Falcon Heights, MN) -- Minnesota State Fair CEO Jerry Hammer is retiring.
Fair officials announced Hammer's retirement Monday. Hammer has been CEO for the past 26 years and is the longest serving chief executive in the organization's 169-year history.
Hammer began working at the fair's greenhouse in the early 1970s and joined the full-time staff in 1977.
He will officially retire in Spring of 2023.