2018 Convention Schedule

Special Presentations



The Jimmy Floyd Memorial Award was first given  in 1999, as a Memorial Award for Jimmy Floyd, who was a great businessman, husband, father and son.  Jimmy was a great supporter of the TAF and served on the TAF Board of Directors for several years.  This award is given by the Tennessee Association of Fairs. The award is given each year to an Associate Member who is active and involved with the Tennessee Association of Fairs.

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The 2014 Jimmy Floyd Memorial Award was presented to
Amusements of America

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Founded over seventy years ago, this year’s winner of the Jimmy Floyd Memorial Award
began business with the purchase of a Ferris Wheel from the 1939 World’s Fair.

The five brothers who started the business brought integrity and reliability
to each of their engagements.  That tradition continues today
with three remaining brothers and the next generation of family leaders.

The Carnival’s route stretched from Miami to New York, Ohio to Tennessee
and the Carolinas South to the Dominican Republic and Peru.

The company proudly supports industry organizations such as OABA, IAFE, The
International independent Showmen Association, and the many state associations
where they do business.

A 2007 marriage brought a closer tie to Tennessee fairs. Jan Floyd Baxter’s
marriage to Phil Vivona merged two carnival families.  Jane is Jimmy Floyd’s aunt.
The history of Floyd and Baxter and Cumberland Valley Shows are legendary
in Tennessee fair industry.



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.

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The 2014 Thorton Taylor Award was presented to
Mrs. Sally Wells

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The recipient of the 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 plans the opening ceremony, serves as chairperson of the Pick Tennessee Program and conducts 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 from 2001 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 “Yes, I said 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.