Barrett Receives 2018 Fair Person of the Year Award

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Barrett Receives 2018 Fair Person of the Year Award

Long time York County Ag Society Board Member Dan Barrett received the prestigious “2018 Fair Person of the Year” award from the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers at its convention held in Kearney. This award, the highest given by the NAFM, is presented annually for outstanding services and loyalty to the Fair industry.

Photo above: Dan Barrett was presented with the 2018 Fair Person of the Year award by Tom Schellpeper, Incoming President of the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers.

Barrett has been a member of the York County Fair Board for 39 years and is currently serving as Vice President. He has been Secretary and Treasurer of the Board and has also served on many of the various committees, including Commercial Exhibits, Grandstand Entertainment, Carnival, and Parking. His wife, Evie, has managed the Fair Office for about 30 years, also. Along with his duties during the Fair, Barrett works many hours with the Grounds Staff throughout the year doing repairs and maintenance at the fairgrounds. He has also been a Board Member for the NAFM and has been involved with the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, at their regional and national conventions.

In addition to his work with the Ag Society, he is a 4-H Club Leader, Nebraska Hunter Safety Instructor, York Sertoma Club member, Teammates Mentor, York Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and an Ag Committee member, Past Yorkfest King, Nebraska Turkey Federation member, and much more. Dan and his wife also touch the lives of thousands of children, from 1 to 100, as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, at both public events and in individual living rooms during the Christmas season, and have for the past 33 years.

Evie Barrett calls her husband a professional volunteer. Dan is pretty humble about the honors he has received, (he recently also received the Hub Foster Lifetime Achievement Award from the York Chamber) but does admit he spends many hours volunteering. But he says “I would not do all this if I did not enjoy it”.