Ronald A. Geitter has succeeded Dennis R. Lang as the Erie County Agricultural Society's board chairman, now that former chairman Lang has become CEO and Erie County Fair manager.
The action took place in an executive session immediately after the society's annual meeting, at which it was announced that the not-for-profit society showed a 25 percent surplus after fair expenses were met.
Geitter, who heads the Trotting Association that runs Buffalo Raceway is the Orchard Park highway superintendent. He has served on the Agricultural Society's board since 1990.
Lang, a West Seneca insurance agent who has served on the society board since 1988, named Ron Erickson assistant fair manager. Erickson has been the fair's entertainment director for six years and is president of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
Suzanne Held was hired by the society in October as concessions manager. The former director of public relations for Pepsi Cola Buffalo Bottling Corp., she will be responsible for overseeing operations of more than 700 vendors at the 161st annual Erie County Fair, Aug. 10 to 20.