Top 50 Under 40 Karen Nicklas

This year OED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s young professionals who are leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Under 40.


Karen Nicklas, 30
General Manager
The Great Frederick Fair, Inc.
797 E. Patrick Street, Frederick
thegreatfrederickfair.com

County native and dairy farmer’s daughter, Karen Crum Nicklas found her perfect dream job serving the Frederick Community as General Manager of The Great Frederick Fair. She leads the team with a smile as she has the opportunity to promote and celebrate agriculture, and create opportunities for youth in the industry, all while working with amazing partners and volunteers.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

Graduated from Managing successful fairs and providing a youth livestock show during a pandemic. the Institute of Fair Management in December of 2019, a program offered by the International Association of Fairs & Expositions.

Name one award you are most proud to have received.

The Great Frederick Fair has been recognized internationally for many of our programs, including the ag ed exhibit, City Streets, Country Roads. Received certificate of graduation from the IAFE Institute of Fair Management.

What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement?

Chair, MD FFA Assoc. Board of Directors 2020-present; MD Amusement Ride Safety Board (Appointed by Governor) 2019 – present; Frederick County Farm Bureau Safety Camp Committee 2007- present; IAFE Concessions Committee Member 2019 – present; IAFE Young Professionals 2015 – present

I served on the Fair’s Ag Ed committee since 2009 and now am the General Manager of the 501C-5 non-profit, The Great Frederick Fair. I also serve on the MD FFA Association Board and as a committee member of FCFB Safety Camp.

Who is your greatest influence?

I learned and observed to have a strong work ethic and give 100% effort from my parents and grandparents

What do you like to do for fun in Frederick County?

Attend The Great Frederick Fair!

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?

I have a ton of passion and love working with people and am very appreciative of every little contribution!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to stay and grow with The Great Frederick Fair!