Sally Wells, longtime board member of the Macon County Fair, was presented with the Thornton Taylor Award at the 92nd Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention. Macon county came away with four awards, including hers. Look for pictures and a full feature on these winners in next week’s edition of the Times.
The following information was read aloud at the presentation of Wells’ Thornton Taylor Award:
The Thornton Taylor Award started in 1971 as a Memorial Award for Thornton Taylor, long-time member of the Lincoln County Fair and a State Legislator. This award is provided by the Lincoln County Fair.
This is given each year to a person who is active and been involved with the Tennessee Association of Fairs. The recipient of this year’s Thornton Taylor has been a member of their county fair for 30 years. They have been the only Secretary/Treasurer their fair has ever known. This person has been chairperson of the fair catalog, sold ads and helped design the catalog. They always plan the opening ceremony, serve as chairperson of the Pick Tennessee Program and conduct the coloring contest and assist with the educational displays. They assist with getting items together and construction of the displays for the State Fair Showcase.
As Treasurer, they have worked with all department chairs to make sure awards are available. In the earlier years they even signed notes at the local banks to have funds to start the fair. This person is just very devoted to the Fair. As Secretary, they have kept the fair informed of events and activities taking place on the local, regional and state levels.
They prepare and submit all reports to the Region and State. Some of these reports have won the county fair numerous awards, including Most Improved Fair and several Champion Fair Awards. They served on the TAF Board from 1998 to 2000, then again in 2008 to 2010, served on the Merit Award Committee from2001 to 2003 and has served on the Fair Showcase Committee since it was formed in 2000.
The person we are honoring tonight has three sons, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, three wonderful daughter-in-laws and a great spouse. She is very active in many other organizations in her county. She is a very active member of the United Methodist Church.
She has served on the Hope Clinic Board, Senior Citizen’s Board, Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, just to name a few. A quote from from her … “I like being around people. Being involved is a good way to get to know people and give back a little to the community. As a matter of fact, I think I have gotten back a lot more than I’ve put in.”
When people in her county think of the fair, she comes to their thoughts. As one of the founders, she has been loyal and dedicated to her county fair. The success of her fair would not have been possible without her.