The Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association believes it is important to recognize those who go above and beyond in our industry.  We honor these individuals during two award periods each year.  You do not have to submit a nomination in EVERY category.

Annual Awards

The GOSA board votes on annual awards every year at the November board meeting. Anytime throughout the season is the time to reflect on and recognize anyone who stood out in word or deed with achievement in various categories.  These presentations are a highlight at the annual meeting in January.  You have until November 1 to submit nominations for selection by the board at the November meeting.


  • Showperson of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Achievement in the following categories:
    • Food
    • Rides
    • Games
    • Straight Sales
    • Manufacturing
  • Special Appreciation

Click HERE to access the annual award nomination form.

Spring Awards

These awards offer an opportunity for the membership of the GOSA to acknowledge outstanding Fair Managers, OFMA District Directors and support staff at events we work throughout the season.  Awards are presented at Spring Dinners. You have until March 1 to submit nominations for selection by the board at the March meeting.


  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Recognition in the following roles:
    • Fair Manager
    • Fair Director
    • Fair Secretary
    • Concession Manager
    • District Director – For a list of OFMA directors click HERE.
    • Festival – Presented at the OFEA convention in November or at the festival itself when scheduling permits.
    • Fair
    • Special Event
  • Special Appreciation

Click HERE to access to spring award nomination form.

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