2017 Best in Show Winners, as shown at the NC State Fair 2017.
Holmes-McBride Individual Awards
Each year, individuals who have gone above the average to promote not only their fair or cause, but have made a difference to the entire fair industry in North Carolina, are considered for the Holmes/McBride Humanity Award.
The award is given in memory of two great men who were dedicated to the fair industry and touched our lives in special ways; James Holmes, Past-President of the Association and Manager of the Durham County Fair for many years and Woodie McBride, longtime Associate Member Concessionaire and Carnival Operator. James also worked as a decorator at many of our fairs and was on the planning and set-up committee for our conventions until he passed away. Woodie was best known for his eating joints at the State Fair and great hospitality suite (still being carried on by his family) at our State Convention. Both of these men helped many newcomers with their vast knowledge of the fair industry and always had a dollar to lend someone who was down.
In honor of the service rendered, the Holmes/McBride Award is given to an individual for distinguished achievement in, or contribution to, the Fair Industry.
Two awards are given, one for a Fair Member and one for an Associate Member. He/she must be a living member, or past member, of the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs who has been consistently active in the fair industry for a number of years.
2017 Holmes McBride Award Winner - Mr Ken Ross, Pitt County Fair.
|1987||Art Pitzer, NC State Fair||Raleigh, NC|
|1988||Honorable James A. Graham, NC Commissioner of Ag||Raleigh, NC|
|1989||Ray Gilmore, Game Supervisor for State/Cleveland Co. Fair||Shelby, NC|
|1990||Eugene E. Carroll, Jr., NCDA Fair Coordinator||Raleigh, NC|
|1991||Joe A. Goforth, Cleveland County Fair||Shelby, NC|
|1992||W. B. "Bill" Austin, Jr., Dixie Classic Fair||Winston Salem, NC|
|1993||W. A. Perry, Chowan County Fair||Edenton, NC|
|1994||James Andrew, Caldwell County Fair||Lenoir, NC|
|1995||Della Stephens, Dixie Classic Fair||Winston Salem, NC|
|1996||Russell Isley, Alamance County Fair||Burlington, NC|
|1997||Elvy & Betty Sue Forrest, Pitt County Fair||Greenville, NC|
|1998||Charlie Campbell, NCDA Fair Coordinator||Raleigh, NC|
|1999||Joan Long, NCAOAF Executive Secretary||Raleigh, NC|
|2000||Bill Bowers, Stanly County American Legion Post #76 Agricultural Fair||Albemarle, NC|
|2001||Mary Ann Cooper, Cabarrus County Fair Agricultural Fair||Concord, NC|
|2002||Hubert Bullard, Cumberland County Fair||Fayetteville, NC|
|2003||Milton Ingram, Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair||Goldsboro, NC|
|2004||Jimmy Ferguson, Columbus County Fair||Whiteville, NC|
|2005||Paul "Jaybird" McCrary, Davidson County Agricultural Fair||Lexington, NC|
|2006||E.C. Toppin, Chowan County Regional Fair||Edenton, NC|
|2007||Eric Ennis, Rowan County Fair||Salisbury, NC|
|2008||Jimmy F. "Jimmy" Davis, Onslow County Fair||Jacksonville, NC|
|2009||Olee Bowers, Stanly County American Legion Post #76 Agricultural Fair||Albemarle, NC|
|2010||Steve Mains, Hickory American Legion Fair||Hickory, NC|
|2011||John Chilcoat, Chowan County Regional Agricultural Fair||Edenton, NC|
|2012||Dixon Britt, Robeson Regional Ag. Fair||Lumberton, NC|
|2013||Skip Watkins, Cape Fear Fair & Expo||Wilmington, NC|
|2014||Wesley Wyatt, NC State Fair||Raleigh, NC|
|2015||Ronnie Turner, Lee Regional Ag. Fair||Sanford, NC|
Associate Member Recipients
|1995||Ferrell Jenks, Jenks Concessions||Vale, NC|
|1996||James E. Strates, Strates Shows||Orlando, FL|
|1997||Dick Janas, Powers Great American Midways||Corfu, NY|
|1998||Jamie Adams, Coastal Shows||Wilmington, NC|
|1999||Bettie McBride, McBride Concessions||Eden, NC|
|2000||James A. Drew, Drew Exposition||Augusta, GA|
|2002||R.W. Commerford, R.W. Commerford & Sons|
|2003||Clyde Wagner, NC Dept. of Labor, Amusements Device Division||Raleigh, nc|
|2004||Les Powers, Powers Great American Midways||Wilmington, NC|
|2005||Billy Clark, Smokey Mountain Amusements||Robbinsville, NC|
|2006||Honorable Cherie Berry, NC Department of Labor||Raleigh, NC|
|2007||Morris Vivona, Sr., Amusements of America||Townships, NJ|
|2008||Bob Barlow||Cary, NC|
|2010||Bobby Binkley, Brinkley Amusements, Inc.||Walnut Cove, NC|
|2011||Dennis Cook, Circle C Petting Farm & Racing Pigs & Pony Rides||Newton, NC|
|2012||Debbie Powers, Great American Midway||Corfu, NY|
|2013||Bess Brinkley, McBride Concessions, Inc.||Walnut Creek, NC|
|2015||Bonnie Holloman, NC Association of Agricultural Fairs||Raleigh, NC|
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