Debbie James is a lifetime resident of Coos County. She was born and raised in Broadbent where she still resides. She grew up on a dairy farm, attended Broadbent School, Myrtle Crest Junior High and graduated from Myrtle Point High School. She started at the fair painting signs, cleaning restrooms, marking trailer and booth spaces and has been the Office Manager for the Fair for many years. She has completed other jobs throughout the years at the fairgrounds.
She was a 4-H member in sewing, baking, and beef, a 4-H leader, received the Friends of the Fair award in 1993 and has worked at the Coos County Fair for 40 years. She is also involved in the Rotary Club of Myrtle Point, Broadbent, Community Church, Norway Cemetery Board, helps with day care, and works part time for the Myrtle Point School District.
She is married to Russell James from Gold Beach and they have two sons (Jesse and Jerry who were both involved with beef 4-H) and four grandchildren. She enjoys the times she is able to spend with all of them. Her family has been involved in the Coos County Fair for over 60 years.
Debbie has worked for six different Fair managers throughout the years; Harold Clarno, Jim Howe, Glen Gulstrom, Jack Bray, Ron Crook, and Cindy Beddingfield.