SHELBY, N.C. -- Calvin Hastings is resigning as manager of the Cleveland County Fair after nearly two years in the job.

The president of KTC Broadcasting Inc., which owns and operates the What s Up Shopper and radio stations WOHS in Shelby, WCSL in Cherryville and WLON in Lincolnton, Hastings said the growth of the businesses are taking more of his time.

I ve got too much to do, he said on Friday.

Hastings, 57, said his decision wasn t influenced by pending lawsuits stemming from last year s E. coli outbreak at the fair that resulted in a toddler s death. He wouldn t comment on the E. coli issue.

In June, the Cleveland County Fair Study Commission announced recommendations on how to make the fair safer after the E. coli outbreak. The measures included adding hands-free paper towel and soap dispensers in restrooms; and posting more signs, including large, flashing signs at animal exhibits where hand-washing stations are location.

At the time, Hastings said the fair association would implement all the recommendations.

In a prepared statement, the 16-member board of directors of the Cleveland County Fair Association stated they had accepted Hastings voluntary resignation, which is effective July 26.

Everyone associated with the Cleveland County Fair wishes to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Calvin for his nearly two years of service to the fair and citizens of Cleveland County, the statement read. We wish him continued success in his growing business ventures outside of the fair and health and well-being for his family.

Fair association president Andy Elmore said Friday that a new manager hasn t been named, but we ll be discussing that on Monday.

Meanwhile, he said everything was on go for the Sept. 26-Oct. 5 run of the fair. Also, the fairgrounds will host the American Legion World Series concerts on Aug. 10 and the return on Sept. 1 of the big amateur radio Hamfest, which moved to the Gaston County town of Dallas five years ago.

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