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A fair showing
Warren County A & L Fair brings home several awards from state convention
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Photos provided Warren County A&L Fair secretary Wayne Davenport received the Judy Bosse Memorial award at the Tennessee Association of Fairs convention over the weekend.
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Warren County A&L Fair Board member Marla Cantrell gladly accepted one of the Showcase winner trophies at the Tennessee Association of Fairs convention over the weekend.

Even though Fair president Regan Kelsey says he does not do his job for trophies, that did not stop the Warren County A&L Fair from earning a few at the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention last weekend.

Over the weekend, fair board members from all over the state gathered at the convention in Murfreesboro to celebrate their successes and learn from each other. The Warren County A&L Fair was named second runner up in the AA division. Fair president Reagan Kelsey was happy with that honor.

“This year we were second runner up in the AA division. This was also the same thing we got last year so we have placed two years in a row now at the state level,” said Kelsey. “I don’t do what I do to get a trophy, I know we have the best fair in the state. What we strive to do ever since I became president is strive to be better than we were last year. If we continue to do that, success will come our way.”

Along with that award, Fair secretary Wayne Davenport was awarded the Judy Bosse Memorial award for his many years of service to the Fair, the Tennessee Association of Fairs, and to his community as a whole. Davenport was awarded a crystal bowl.

“This award is given in her (Bosse's) honor and her memory to somebody who had a large impact on their fair for many years and to the state association,” said Kelsey. “Wayne has been a committee member for a long time and has been to several state conventions. He has been on our fair board since 1977 and is still active. He is our secretary and he helps hold things together. He does an awful lot and to be recognized at the state level with an individual award is pretty prestigious. We were all tickled to death for him. It is a well-deserved honor and we are glad he got that.”

At the convention, Executive Fair board member Jenny Kelsey was elected to the Tennessee Association of Fairs state board of directors as one of only three directors from Middle Tennessee. Kelsey says the board knows she will do a great job. 

The Fair also won a few showcase awards including first place for best hat. The Southern Standard’s Fair publication won first in the non-premium tabloid showcase. Kelsey says the Fair placed in at least nine categories.

In addition to winning awards and networking, the convention was a great way for fair board members to learn how to improve. Kelsey says there were many breakout sessions board members attended to learn things ranging from safety to social media usage. 

“One of the huge benefits this convention has is getting people from all over the state together from all different fairs of different sizes,” said Kelsey.