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OABA Hall of Fame

Throughout its history, the OABA has honored members for their service and contributions to the Association and the mobile amusement industry. Since 2001, the OABA has honored both deceased and living industry icons. The Hall of Fame program celebrates outstanding achievement and contributions to the growth and development of the carnival industry and those who served their national trade organization.

To be considered for the OABA’s Hall of Fame, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been associated with the mobile amusement industry for a minimum of twenty years
  • Have been associated with the mobile amusement industry in any of OABA’s member categories
  • Have contributed to the industry at large, in addition to his/her own business
  • Have made significant contributions to the preservation, leadership, education or design/technical services of the outdoor amusement industry

Click Here to Download Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Applications must be completed and mailed to the OABA office by October 1, each year, for consideration by the Hall of Fame Committee and the Board of Directors. Nominees or their families will be notified not later than December of their induction in the OABA Hall of Fame which takes place at the OABA’s Annual Meeting in February. Nominations for this honor will not have to made every year and will carry over into the next year. Contact the OABA office at 800-517-OABA if you have any questions.

OABA Hall of Fame

                                        2016 Recipients

Beverly Burback


Jimmy Drew


Butch Netterfield
2015 Recipients

Jean Anne Clair


John Hanschen
2014 Recipients

Earl “Butch” Butler


Guy Leavitt
2013 Recipients

Wayne McCary


Bob Johnson

2012 Recipients

Irvin “Bingo” Hauser


 Wayne Kunz
2011 Recipients

Tom Atkins


Jeff Blomsness
2010 Recipients

Billy Burr


William Capell, Sr.
2009 Recipients
Richard Janas
Richard Janas

Ed Murphy
Ed Murphy

Ron Burback
Ron Burback
2008 Recipients
Ward Hall
Ward Hall

Bill Wilkerson
Bill Wilkerson

2007 Recipients
Buster Brown
Buster Brown

Ray Cammack
Ray Cammack

Bob Commerford
Bob Commerford

Jackie Swika
Jackie Swika

2006 Recipients
John Campi
John Campi

 Mack Duce
Mack Duce

Lloyd Hilligoss
Lloyd Hilligoss

Tom Powell
Tom Powell

2005 Recipients
James E. Conklin
James E. Conklin

Irvin Deggeller
Irvin Deggeller

Carl Sedimayr Jr.
Carl Sedimayr Jr.

Lee Sullivan
Lee Sullivan

2004 Recipients
A.L. Kunz
A.L. Kunz

Father Robert McCarthy
Father Robert McCarthy

P.E.
P.E. “Pat” Reithoffer

Paul
Paul “Duke” Smith

2003 Recipients
Harold Chance
Harold Chance

J.D. Floyd
J.D. Floyd

Bob Negus
Bob Negus

Paul
Johnny Portemont

2002 Recipients
 William T. Collins
William T. Collins

E.James Strates
E.James Strates

John Vivona
John Vivona

Red Wood
Red Wood

2001 Recipients
 Jimmy Floyd
Jimmy Floyd

Hub Luehrs
Hub Luehrs

Bernard Thomas
Bernard Thomas


W.G. Wade

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