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Colby D. Hubble Elected GFF Board President

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Joseph F. Devilbiss passes the gavel after two years

FREDERICK, MD – Joseph F. Devilbiss passes the gavel to Colby D. Hubble after serving two terms as President of both the Frederick County Agricultural Society and The Great Frederick Fair.

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Colby Huddle, President

Colby Hubble of Frederick has been elected by her peers to lead the Frederick County Agricultural Society Inc. and The Great Frederick Fair for 2017. The action took place during the recent Board of Managers/Directors reorganizational meeting which followed the agricultural society’s annual stockholders’ meeting also held on December 10.

The Frederick County Agricultural Society is made up of 250 life members, or shareholders who own the Frederick Fairgrounds. The Great Frederick Fair is a 501C-5 nonprofit organization, which exists to promote Agriculture and the Education of our Youth about the Industry of Agriculture, and lives out its mission through the annual fair.
Charles B. Cramer of Frederick was elected vice president. Robert Frank of Frederick was re-elected secretary, while Maurice Gladhill of Frederick resumes as treasurer.
Other ag society board members re-elected by the ag society membership were John E. Bare of Frederick; Joseph F. Devilbiss of Frederick; J.R. Ramsburg Jr. of Thurmont; James S. Grimes of Frederick; Nancy N. Hendricks of Middletown; and Nancy Keller of Keymar; and Jacqui Kreh of Middletown.

John P. Murphy of Frederick remains as Board member for The Great Frederick Fair Board. Ray Ramsburg remains as assistant treasurer to the Board.

Re-appointed as legal counsel were Anne Rollins for The Frederick County Agricultural Society Inc. and Tim Horman for The Great Frederick Fair Inc.
Clyde C. Crum of Thurmont was recognized at the annual meeting for his 41 years of service to the organization, retiring in November.

Since the annual meeting, J.R. Ramsburg Jr. of Thurmont retired effective December 31, after 28 years of service.

John P. Murphy was nominated and filled the vacancy on the Frederick County Agricultural Society board, while Ray Ramsburg of Ijamsville and Shelly Stull of Frederick were elected as the newest GFF board members.

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Joseph Devilbiss, Past President

Past President, Joseph F. Devilbiss joined the Executive committee, after two successful years of leadership. In 2015 and 2016, The Great Frederick Fair made many improvements including an upgraded ticketing system, which allows customers to select and reserve their own seat online. As well as a new entry program to organize the data involved with over 18,000 competitive exhibits. Picnic eating areas were added around the grounds. Several upgrades to both content and design were done to the agricultural education programs. Many barn roofs were painted with grant funding provided by The Green Ribbon Fairs grant from the MD Soybean Board. The fair welcomed a chainsaw carver as well as a mechanical bull for the first time. Carnival ride promotions were improved, giving the fairgoers more discounts and advanced sale offerings.

The fair continues to receive a grant from the MD Agricultural Fair Board, funding premium awards.              

The Board members are honored to be part of The Great Frederick Fair, an organization that makes a positive impact locally, but also at regional, state and international levels.

The Great Frederick Fair has been recognized for its many accomplishments over the past years in agriculture initiatives.

In 2016, the fair won the following awards:

Maryland Association of Agricultural Fairs & Shows Convention:

FIRST PLACE:

  • Newspaper Color
  • Poster Ad
  • Promotional non-traditional
  • Printed Brochure/Flyer;
  • Home Page/Website
  • Premium Book Website;
  • Scrapbook

SECOND PLACE:

  • Magazine Ad
  • Multi-page Publication
  • Advertising Specialties/Merchandise
  • Newsletter
  • Premium Book Printed
  • Poster-Fair Photos

International Association of Fairs & Expos convention:

FIRST PLACE:Newspaper Ad- Color (Published in The Frederick News Post)
Agriculture Program Area Beautification (Landscape Contest)
THIRD PLACE:Magazine Ad (Published in Frederick Magazine)
Agricultural Programs Promotional Video

Past President Devilbiss made it his goal as president to continue advancements with the agricultural society and the fair in the areas of agriculture education, family entertainment, and maintaining a positive presence in the city and county’s business sector.

Newly elected President Hubble will continue with this goal. She shared that the fair and ag society continues to maintain focuses and missions on agriculture education and providing a showcase for fair exhibition. This includes increasing the number of commercial and concession vendors, as well as improving carnival promotions. Hubble announced that the 2017 fair dates are September 15-23 … Fair of Dreams: Country Nights and Carnival Lights.

“Our fair continues to do a lot of neat and innovative programs that really get attention,” Hubble added, “and we are fortunate to have the staff, the volunteers and the resources to develop and execute the programs like the ones we have.”
“We have a lot to be proud of in the Frederick community, and The Great Frederick Fair is among those annual events that pulls us all together,” Ms. Hubble said. “Our fair serves as a community event … it offers something for everyone to come and enjoy and to showcase thousands of exhibits.”

Hubble is looking forward to leading the organization and continuing the fair’s legacy.

“The Board is working hard to make improvements and come up with new and exciting ideas. There will be a new carnival promotion and a great entertainment lineup for 2017. I encourage everyone to follow The Great Frederick Fair on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest announcements.”

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