SUDDEN DEATH OF CHARLES INMAN
The sudden death of E. Charles Inman on June 20, 2016 ended a long and distinguished career in both the Georgia and International Fair industries. Charles was not only a Certified Fair Executive, he was inducted into the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) hall of fame in 1987. To the best knowledge of this writer, Mr. Inman is the only man from Georgia to ever receive this honor.
Charles Inman, a graduate of the University of Georgia class of 1957, began his post college career working with young people as a 4-H Agent with the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. He was a member of the UGA Agriculture Alumni Association, Director with the GA Master 4-H Club and on the 4-H Advisory Committee. He was presented the 4-H Friend of 4-H Award in 1995 and in the same year presented the Distinguished Service Citation of the Bibb County 4-H Club. He had previously been awarded the Degree of Honorary Farmer by the National FFA Organization during their National Convention in 1986.
Charles Inman had served in practically every chair of the Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs (GAAF) including two terms as Area Director, two years as District President and many years as Secretary/Treasurer. At the time of his death he was still active as the Secretary/Treasurer Emeritus.
Charles is survived by his wife of almost 65 years Helen and two sons Mike and Edmond. He will be sorely missed.
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2016 Scholarship Winner
Charles Inman Honorary Scholarship
The 2016 "Charles Inman Scholarship Award" was presented to Anisha Mittal of Dalton, GA. This award is sponsored by Billy and Stacey Tucker of Dixieland Carnival Company.
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The following fairs received awards at this year's convention:
Georgia-South Carolina Fair
North Georgia State Fair
Columbia County Fair
North Georgia Ag Fair
Coosa Valley Fair
Northwest Georgia Fair
Cumming Country Fair
"From The President..."
This year (2016) got off to a great start with a great convention despite the weather. Twenty three Georgia Fairs and seven from South Carolina coupled with nine carnivals and fifty-one additional associates rounded off an attendance of 402 people. Our trade show grew by three additional booths bringing that number to fifty-one.
We were extremely pleased with the hotel and staff this year. The additional space in our banquet meeting room was well received and the staff bent over backwards to make our stay an enjoyable one.
As to the weather, it played some havoc on our trade show and kept our Scholarship winner, 4-h and FFA representatives from attending. The entire north Georgia area was under a weather alert warning with state and local emergency service personnel called in for special standby in the event the weather worsened. That being said our educational programs, networking and social programs went undeterred.
The Miss Georgia Fairs banquet was fun for all and our auction was very successful. The time is now for initial planning for a successful fair season. Your 2016-2017 Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs’ Officers and Directors are standing by to assist you in any way we can. Finally, if you are still looking for a carnival or acts and entertainment for your fair be sure to utilize the services of our 2016 Associate Members.
Best wishes to all as we approach this year’s new Fair Season.
Hilda Thomason, CFE
2016 Miss Georgia Fairs
Miss Jordon Fox,
Representing the Georgia-Carolina State Fair in Augusta, Georgia was crowned as the 2016 Miss Georgia Fairs.
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