Holmes-McBride Individual Awards

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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.

Ken Ross, 2017 Holmes McBride Award Winner

2017 Holmes McBride Award Winner - Mr Ken Ross, Pitt County Fair.

Member Recipients

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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