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From the President

The words of the famed 60-year old Kellogg mascot Tony the Tiger, “That’s G-r-r-r-eat!”, could very well sum up the reviews of the 2017 Georgia/South Carolina Fair Convention held in Greenville, SC in late January.

As the new president of the Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs, I am pleased to report that 27 Georgia fairs were represented by their delegates. The educational workshops were superb and the trade show, packed full, was excellent.

Hardly enough can be said about the delicious meals, fun and fellowship. Networking between the attendees was, as usual, another highlight of the three day conference. In the educational programs we learned about fairgrounds safety, changes coming to the Georgia ride inspection program, sponsorships and using the social media.

Kudos to South Carolina Past President Nancy Smith and Amanda Dennis of the South Carolina Fair Association. Both spearheaded the gathering for the first time outside the state of Georgia. Other duties and responsibilities were carried out by various members of South Carolina fairs.
With the annual meeting now behind us we look ahead in preparing for our respective fairs throughout Georgia. Your Officers and Directors have been charged to make themselves available to member fairs in order to make our local fairs even better as we move into the new year and new fair season.

Congratulations are in order to Gerald Andrews for being selected as the 2017 “James H. Drew Fairman of the Year”. Andrews is the former Manager of the Washington County Ag and Youth Fair. He also served several years on the Georgia Association’s board of directors.

The 2017 Charles Inman Scholarship, sponsored by Billy and Stacey Tucker, of Dixieland Rides went to 17-year old Joshua Brown of Cornelia, GA. Joshua was nominated by the Chattahoochee Mountain Fair in Clarksville.

MacKenzie Marable, representing the North East Georgia Regional Fair, was winner of the annual “Miss Georgia Fair’s Pageant.” Copelyn Jones was the 1st Runner up. Jones was entered by the North Georgia State Fair in Marrietta. Olivia Wamack, representing the Columbia County Fair, was 2nd Runner up and Kendyl Rose Pennington of the Georgia-Carolina State Fair was 3rd Runner Up.

We are very proud of the many local fairs throughout Georgia and we urge you to make your fair part of every family’s tradition. I hope that all of our fairs and associates are aware that your officers and directors are here to serve you. If we can do anything to help make your fairs or participations better then that is what we want to do.

Finally, mark your calendars for the 105th annual Georgia fair convention and the 6th joint meeting with our South Carolina friends January 25-27, 2018. The meeting will once again be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia.

Michael Lariscy

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