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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.

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Congratulations to our 2019 WFA Hall of Fame inductee:

Pat Kress

The WFA Board of Governors has selected Pat Kress as the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee. Pat began her career in the fair industry as Master Food Purveyor at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, home of the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo. Over the years, Pat served as Satellite Wagering Supervisor, Exhibit Supervisor, and ultimately CEO. Following her time at Earl Warren, Pat founded PK Consulting, through which she has consulted for nearly twenty fairs and has served as Interim CEO at six fairs. Throughout her career, Pat has found time to give back through service on every WFA committee, including moving through the chairs of both the Service Member Board and the WFA Board of Directors. Most recently, Pat has served as Treasurer for WFA's charitable arm, the Blue Ribbon Foundation.

Please join us at the Industry Awards Dinner the evening of Wednesday, January 23, 2019 as we induct Pat Kress into the WFA Hall of Fame.
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The Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame


2019 - Pat Kress
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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