In this special announcement:
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, yet this year acknowledge the life-time achievements of three industry greats. Each of the inductees will be presented with the Hall of Fame award during the

6:30-9:00 pm
Friday January 5, 2018
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 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
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.
Join Jon as he shares his greatest lessons learned over 30 years of fair management, including team development, building strong relationships with concessionaires, and the importance of visiting other fairs.
To kick off WFA's podcast, we're releasing an interview with 2017 Hall of Fame inductee
Jon Baker
Executive Director of the Southwestern Fair Commission, dba Pima County Fair.

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Length of Service awards recognize members of Western Fairs Association for their countinuous service to the fair industry. Awards are given in five-year increments, beginning at 15 years.

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