TOPEKA – Four individuals were inducted into the Kansas Fairs & Festivals Association Hall of Fame, including one former Newton resident, at the 93rd Annual Convention held Jan. 5 through 7 at the Ramada Convention Center in Topeka.

The Hall of Fame Award is presented annually in recognition of an individual’s distinguished outstanding achievement and meritorious service to the Kansas Fair/Festival industry in Kansas.

The Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed to an individual in the fair/festival industry throughout the state of Kansas.

William McNeill, nominated by the Finney County Fair Association, is formerly from Newton. He now lives in Garden City.

Other winners were Larry Dearden, Scott City, nominated by the Scott County Free Fair; Larry Teichmann, Great Bend, nominated by the Barton County Fair Association and Ed Umphenour, Pleasanton, Linn County Fair and Rodeo.

Each awardee was presented a plaque in honor of their accomplishments and leadership they provided to their county fairs. Their names will also be engraved in a perpetual plaque that is on display in the 4-H encampment building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.