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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. The WFA Board of Governors is not required to select a recipient each year.

We are now accepting recommendations for the Hall of Fame to be presented at our REMIX Convention in Reno January 20-23, 2019


Please submit nominations to the WFA office



Meet Your 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Charlie Barboni

Charlie Barboni

Charlie Barboni, Manager of the Marin County Fair, has been involved with the Fair industry for forty years. He was appointed to the Sonoma-Marin Fair Board when he was 29 years old – at the time the youngest Fair director in the State of California. Charlie is immersed in the industry as a teacher, mentor, beloved manager, brilliant designer, and visionary. Charlie has set the bar in the industry for competitive exhibits, special events, agricultural education, community stage performances, and volunteer programming. During his tenure he has assisted seventeen different fairs and festivals throughout California.
Louie Brown

Louie Brown

Louie Brown is a partner with Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP and has served as WFA’s principal lobbyist for nearly 20 years. Fairs have played an important role in his life; from showing sheep at the Kings County Fair, Cow Palace and State Fair while growing up, to helping his children and others in the community with projects at the Sacramento County Fair. He has worked on numerous issues for the fair industry over the past few years, including AB 1499 which will ultimately provide a stable funding source for the future.
Norm Towne

Norm Towne

Currently, Norm is a consultant and advocate for fairs and other clients as owner of Norman C. Towne, Consulting & Advocacy, He was President of the California Association of Thoroughbred Racetracks, formerly Director of Horse Racing and Satellite Wagering for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Horse Racing Steward for the State of California, Owner of the Golf Shop of Carmichael, General Manager, Director of Racing and Track Announcer at horse race tracks in California, Delaware, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Norm is married to Carmie and they have a daughter, Kerry and a son, Michael all residing in Sacramento.


The Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame

2018 - Charlie Barboni • Louie Brown • Norm Towne
2017 - Jon Baker • Randy Hatfield
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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