A local man was recently honored at the Ohio Fair Managers Association convention.
In the Fall of 2022, the Fulton County Fair Board submitted a nomination to the Ohio Fair Managers Association to award Fulton County resident and former Fair Board member Don Williams as Outstanding Fair Supporter of the Fulton County Fair.
The Ohio Fair Managers Association (OFMA) ultimately decides who is awarded this highly regarded title. During the 2023 OFMA convention, theyannounced that Williams was chosen as the Outstanding Fair Supporter Award recipient for the Fulton County Fair.
The choice to nominate Don Williams was an obvious one for the Fulton County Fair Board. Williams has lived across from the Fulton County Fairgrounds for nearly 50 years. He has devoted much of his spare time to helping at the fair.
He served 15 years as a Fair Board Director, during which he was the director in charge of the tractor pulls, and he took pride in knowing most of the pullers and mechanics and loved to talk to all of them. He owns several International tractors and shines them up for the National Threshers Association reunion, which is held annually at the Fairgrounds.
Williams was also involved in installing drainage on the infield and for Spangler Arena. In fact, when the idea of building a new show barn was brought up, he was a large part of the design, planning, and drainage work and even helped to obtain donations to proceed with the build. After many months of planning, Spangler Arena was built.
Fair Board members pointed out that Williams is there to answer any questions on the property’s history it is not uncommon to see him cross the road after mowing his lawn to mow the ditches along the Fairgrounds property.
“He has a love and pride for the Fair and wants it tocontinue to be a high point in Fulton County for future generations to enjoy,” said Fair Board President Ron Rice.