The Board of Directors of the Association of Iowa Fairs inducted Curtis Sebolt of Cincinnati into the Association of Iowa Fairs' “Hall of Fame.” The honor was presented to Sebolt at the awards banquet during the Association’s 2012 conference and annual meeting, which was held Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines.
Inductees into the Association’s Hall of Fame shall have made significant contributions to the fair industry in Iowa through their respective county fair or as an associate member, and to the Association of Iowa Fairs organization, and shall have provided something of value in the fields of leadership and education to the fairs of Iowa.
Sebolt has been involved with fairs and was a 4-H member as a youth. He showed livestock, especially beef, and was active in his 4-H club. Four-H followed Sebolt in his adult years, serving as a club leader and mentor for many years. Plus, Sebolt’s children were also active in 4-H and their biggest booster was their dad. Sebolt has been associated with the Appanoose County Fair for 40 plus years, where today he serves as president of the board, a position he has held for 30 years. In addition to county fair involvement, Sebolt was elected to the Association of Iowa Fairs Board of Directors in 1996, serving the maximum 12 years on the board. He served as president of the AIF board in 2004, and was active in the many meetings and legislative activities of the AIF.
“I have known Curtis, and his wife Donna, for many years and can truthfully say that he is very deserving of this honor. His style of leadership is one of quiet support, positive encouragement and thoughtful judgment. He exemplifies what a true ‘fair person’ is. His dedication to the Appanoose County Fair and service to the Association of Iowa Fairs is something we all in the fair business in Iowa will be forever grateful for,” stated Thomas Barnes, executive director of the Association of Iowa Fairs. “The Board of Directors of the Association of Iowa Fairs would like to extend its sincere appreciation to Curtis for his dedication to the fairs of Iowa. In addition we must acknowledge his wife Donna for her continued support and encouragement of Curtis during his years of service to the fair industry in Iowa. The work of both Curtis and Donna are very much appreciated by all our AIF members.
“We all are proud to include Curtis as a member of our Hall of Fame,” Barnes said.
The Association of Iowa Fairs is the organizational body of the fair industry in Iowa. It has as its members the 106 county fairs of Iowa and the Iowa State Fair, and 150 plus associate members such as chambers, festivals, carnivals, entertainment agencies, festivals, concessionaires, special attractions and suppliers of the industry. Together, the members of the association work together to promote and strengthen the fair industry in Iowa.