Written by Gary Graves
H. Joe “Skip” Nichols was presented the prestigious award “Fairman of The Year” award at the 99th Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs in Atlanta, GA this past weekend.
The Fairman of the Year Award is given every year to the person who has provided distinguished service to the nominating fair, which in this case is the Exchange Club Fair of Southwest Georgia . Skip is a second generation fairman following in his late father’s footsteps and his namesake.
Skip joined the Exchange Club of Albany in 1981 and immediately began working in every area of the fair learning from the ground up. He became Fair Manager in 2003. There has only been three other fair managers in the past since the fair sponsorship was taken over by the Exchange Club of Albany in 1955; D. S. Hautman, Marvin Lorig and the late Gene Crowe.
Three other Exchange Club members have also won this award: Marvin Lorig, Butch Griffin and Larry Griffin.