Hall of Fame
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee
Jackie Diane Wilson from Leroy has been selected to the Lake County Fair Hall of Fame. She was inducted on July 24th, the opening night of the 2018 Lake County Fair. She represents the 9th class for induction since the Fair Board established the Hall of Fame in 2010.
Jackie Wilson was a dedicated member of the Lake County Fair Board for over twenty years and continues to be a Friend of the Fair. As a fair board director, Jackie was a proven leader who chaired the Jr. Fair, Poultry & Rabbits, Entertainment, Flower, Publications and Golf Cart committees and she was a valuable member of the Culinary Farm & Garden, Finance & Budget and Fine Arts committees over the years.
Jackie is best known for volunteering to the position of Jr. Fair Advisor and using her determination and commitment in taking a then, virtually dormant Jr. Fair program, and building it into a viable and valuable component of the Lake County Fair. Over several years Jackie created excitement and brought recognition to the Jr. Fair Board by personally recruiting dozens of youth who were willing and anxious to learn about leadership and the business of fair management. Her vision led to the construction of the Jr. Fair Milkshake Parlor on the main midway which became and continues to be a must stop for fair patrons. The monies raised from the sale of milkshakes makes the Jr. Fair program self-sustaining on an annual basis.
Kids Day at the Lake County Fair was first organized by the Jr. Fair Board under Jackie’s leadership and continues to be a major promotion at each fair. The event receives significant community support and it is recognized as a Best Practice for Fairs. Jackie was also instrumental in helping re-establish the Lake County Fair Queens Contest a popular program, which has highlighted the vigorous work, determination and leadership skills of many special young ladies over the years.
No matter what the assignment, Jackie Wilson was always front and center to the call of duty and always brought her organizational skills and a tremendous work ethic to every challenge. She received the Outstanding Fair Supporter award in 2012 from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. For these reasons and more, Jackie Diane Wilson has earned induction into the Lake County Fair Hall of Fame.
The purpose of the Lake County Fair Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals who have made special contributions to the success of the Lake County Fair. Jackie Wilson epitomizes the definition of an accomplished fair board director and has had a long-term impact on the Fair and the Lake County Community. She continues to be a Great Friend of the Fair and we are truly inspired by her achievements. Congratulations Jackie.
Members listed by year of Induction
Jerome T. Osborne
Robert C. Sidley
John “Doc” Kroh
Jack and Betty Burbach
Robert J. Dawson
Fred and Bette Anderson