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The WFA Hall of Fame award honors distinguished achievement or outstanding contribution by an individual to the fair industry. Selection of the recipients is made solely by the WFA Board of Governors, and although they are not required to select a recipient each year, this year we are proud to recognize two industry leaders.


Meet your 2017 WFA Hall of Fame inductees

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Randy Hatfield

Randy Hatfield

Past WFA President, past CFA board member, and 27-year CEO of the Merrill Award-winning Del Norte County Fair, Randy Hatfield continues to serve not only as a leader at his home fair, but as a role model and pioneer for the industry as a whole. In 2014, Randy's efforts to collaborate with community leaders led to a two-thirds majority vote passing 'Measure F': a county-wide 0.25% sales tax increase designed to provide funding to the fair. 
Jon Baker

Jon Baker

Also a past WFA President, Jon Baker has held the position of Executive Director of the Southwestern Fair Commission dba the Pima County Fair for the past 16 years. Jon began his career in 1987 as the Parks and Recreation Director, Fair and Horse Racing Manager for Coconino County based in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. After 10 years with Coconino County, Jon worked for the Arizona State Fair before moving on to the Pima County Fair. Jon is married to Lisa and has a daughter Katelyn and a late son Jordan. 
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Randy and Jon will be inducted into the WFA Hall of Fame during the Industry Awards Dinner* at the WFA Convention & Trade Show in Reno.


*5:30 - 8:00 pm in the Reno Ballroom, January 18, 2017. Ticket required; contact Liz for details.

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The Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame


2017 - Randy Hatfield • Jon Baker
2016 - Tim Fennell • George Soares
2015 - Paul Beckett • Sandy Woods
2014 - Michael Paluszak • Cotton Rosser
2013 - Rick Pickering
2012 - Ernie Guderjahn • Tawny Tescani
2011 - Susan Clark • Michael Treacy

2010 - John Alkire • Mark Hill
2009 - Becky Bailey-Findley • Gary Montgomery
2008 - Stephen Chambers • Stever Edwards • Al Mall
2007 - Don Hillman • Doug Lofstrom
2006 - Lucky Henner • Ron Miller
2005 - Earl "Butch" Butler Selma Harris
2004 - Ed Scofield • Ciro Toma
2003 - Ralph Clark • Beverly Wilson
2002 - Bob Carlson
2001 - Joseph Barkett • Norbert Bartosik

2000 - Jack Scott • Denny Thompson
1999 - Senator Kenneth L. Maddy
1998 - Ron Lillard • Mel Simas
1997 - Albert Morrow • Kim Myrman
1996 - John Root • Sam Johnston
1995 - Lowell A. "Jake" Walgenbach • Greg G. Stewart
1994 - Ted Kasinak • Dr. Conrad Ferreira
1993 - Senator Rose Ann Vuich
1992 - Brian Davie
1991 - Kennth Fulk

1990 -
Don Jacques
1989 - Ester Armstrong
1988 - Evan McGugan • Ralph Hinds
1987 - Andy Stodel
1986 - Senator Ray Johnson
1984 - George J. Gomes
1983 - George W. Strathearn
1982 - Ron Maraviov
1981 - Walt Kittredge

1980 -
Bates T. Bowers
1979 - Joe Blenkle
1977 - M. Ray Harrington • Pauline Davis • Alex Freedman
1973 - Cecil Jo Hindley • Alan L. Milnes • Phil D. Shepherd
1971 - Tulsa St. Elmo Scott

1970 -
C.L. (Link) Peckinpah
1969 - Stuart B. Waite
1968 - Albert A. (Abe) Jensen
1965 - Louis S. Merrill
1964 - Tevis Paine
1963 - Dr. Julian McPhee

1959 -
Ed L. Paine
1958 - Tom Dodge
1957 - George N. Miller
1955 - George A. Clarke
1953 - Ed G. Vollman • Dr. J.N.D. Hindley • C.B. Afflerbaugh


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