Rod Baker

Rod Baker was elected to the fair board in 2004. He has served as an Executive Director and has held the position of President. Born in Mason County, the family lived just outside of the Scottville city limits. He graduated from Mason County Central. Rod went on to attend Business College but was drafted into the United States Army in 1966 during the Vietnam War era.  Upon his return from the service, Rod went to work for General Telephone and retired after 28 years for the company.  Rod met and married Paddy and they have celebrated over 40 years together. They have raised three children. It was Kelly, their youngest daughter who became interested in horses and that led to 4-H and the fair. It was also this interest which led Rod and Paddy and Hiram and Carol Herrick to organize a group of volunteers who for a number of years held a very large and prestigious horse show named the Great Lakes Country Classic.  In his younger days, Rod participated in sports, especially softball. He is remembered for the many awards and recognitions he received playing the game and it is why he got the nickname of “Bam Bam Baker".
(Term expires 2024)