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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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2022 Hall of Fame

Patricia Conklin

Pat is the CEO of the Dixon May Fair, the 36th District Agriculture Association. She has been an integral part of the fair industry for nearly 40 years. Starting back in 1983 working at the Solano County Fair during Fair time while in college. After graduating she worked in politics but still kept her summers available for fairs continuing to work at the Solano County Fair and helping one year at the Napa Town & Country Fair as the Livestock Superintendent. Pat began her full-time career in the fair industry at the Solano County Fair as their first Exhibits Supervisor and eventually the Deputy CEO she served that Association for 10 years. Pat has always broken the mold and inspired change. In 1987 when she was appointed to the Dixon Fair Board as the youngest female ever appointed. She stepped into her first role as CEO at the Butte County Fair where she spent 10 years. Followed by another six years at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and Event Center, and finally took the position in her current post as CEO of the Dixon May Fair in 2012 when she managed both the Dixon May Fair and the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

As if her time as a Fairgrounds CEO didn’t keep her busy enough she has committed to bettering the Fair Industry throughout the years by serving on a number of boards and committees, including IAFE, CDFA Fairs & Expositions State Rules Committee, California Fairs Service Authority, California Fairs Alliance, and Western Fairs Association. Pat served on the CFA Board of Directors from 2003 to 2007, was re-elected in 2014, and eventually led this board from 2019-2020 as its Chair. During her time as the CFA Chair, she helped navigate the industry through the onset of the COVID 19 Pandemic and the funding needs that it brought with it. She helped WFA's re-branding efforts, worked to improve relations with the Fire Marshal, and fought to protect our California Fairs and Fair-business with a number of legislative efforts. Pat is a current CFA Board Member where she continues to advocate for the California Fair Industry.

Pat is a friend of the California Fair Industry but her scope reaches far beyond the state. She has also held many leadership roles at the Western Fairs Association, including Chairing several Committees and serving on the WFA Board of Directors for a total of 14 years, and was elected as the WFA Chair of the Board in 2018. Under her leadership, she and the WFA team gave Convention a new look by reviving the showcase and creating evening social events for each night of Convention. She was highly involved in Committee reform and created a leadership succession plan for each committee. Most notably, as chairwoman, Pat led the WFA Board in revising the Bylaws and implemented a new board structure effectively creating the first Chairman of the Board position.

In her free time, if she has any, you can find her running, spending time with family, or traveling around to other fairs and attending fair-related events. Pat is the person everyone calls for advice, support, or to join you at the picket lines fighting for the fair industry - though most of the time it was probably her idea to go in the first place. From her beginning in the Fair Industry, Pat has never stopped fighting for us, no matter how big or small the challenge. She is a wealth of knowledge and a true asset to the industry. With this award, we thank you, Pat, for your many years and countless hours of devotion and commitment to building better fairs. We would not be where we are today without you. Many congratulations to the one and only, Patricia Conklin!

The Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame

2022 - Patricia Conklin
2021 - Dan Jacobs

2020 -
Don Delahoyde • Barbara Quaid
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 Tesconi
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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