The Dorothy Lucking Memorial award for the director of the year was awarded to Gary Hooper in 2015.
Gary joined the Young Men’s Section of the Dufferin Agricultural Society in 1960, and has been a member of the DAS since. He also served as president of the DAS in 1983-1984.
For many years, Gary worked in the light horse secton where his duties were to stage and manage this show. In this capacity, he was in charge of preparing the prize list, stabling, show ring preperation, as well as follow up, clean up and storage.
Gary was also on the midway committee for many years. His committee involved booking the midway, preparation of site and laison with the DAS. The
Entertainment comittee benefited by Gary’s participation for many years as well. He attended the presentation of different entertaineres to decide on which ones to book for the Carman Country Fair. He had to prepare advertisemetns, prepare stage supply, lighting, sound, an other needs and request for the entertainers. He also played a vital role in making sure the stage was up to code.
In 2002 he quickly had to organize funds, supplies and workers to replace the stage within 6 weeks after the savage fire that destroyed so many structures on the DAS grounds.
He has also been an active part in building the Carman arena.
Gary was the Manitoba Representative for the Western Canadian Fair’s Assosiation, and served on that board as president for one year. He also attended Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societys (MAAS) for a long time as delegate from the class A and B fairs, and served as president there as well. He also attended the annual meetings of the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhebitions (CAFE) for many years and thus traveled across Canada to represent Manitoba fairs, and especially Carman Country Fair. He also was president for CAFE.
Gary attended IFE (International Fairs and Exhibitions) in Vegas quite recently.
He has also attended for the Red River Exhebition for several years.
Gary helped start the Farm/Rural stress help line three times, and he is still involved with them today.
Throughout his long association with the DAS he has witnessed many changes, and has always been there to get the job done.