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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.

Dan Jacobs

Dan Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer at the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center, where he has been since 1995. He currently oversees both the Antelope Valley Fair Association and the Friends of the Antelope Valley Fair, Inc – a non-profit that supports the fair through capital improvements and scholarship programs.

Previously, Dan was the Vice-President of his family business, Jacobs Oil, which owned and operated several gas stations in the Antelope Valley. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer at California State University-Bakersfield, where he teaches strategic management and entrepreneurship in their Master’s program.

Throughout his time in the fair industry, he’s served on several boards of directors, including the Western Fairs Association, California Fairs Services Authority, California Association of Racing Fairs, and the California Fairs Alliance. He has also served the City of Lancaster on their Planning Commission.

While serving as CEO of the Antelope Valley Fair, Dan has overseen the construction and move to a new facility in 2003, as well as a governance structure change, which allows the fair to operate as a non-profit. These two events are well regarded by leaders in the fair industry, and has shown Dan to be a proven leader.

Dan is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (B.S.) and California State University-Bakersfield (M.B.A.). He and his wife Joanne have been married for 37 years and have three grown children. He is most happy when he’s spending time with his three granddaughters.

The Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame

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 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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