Bill Taylor’s name was synonymous with our association for nearly 50 years. Starting on a volunteer basis with the Green County Fair, he rose to be fair chairman and horse show chairman before taking on committee chairmanships at the state level. I n 1978, he was named as executive secretary of the KAFHS—a post he held for 24 years. He also worked 32 years as the awards chairman at the World’s Championship Horse Show.
Bill’s involvement went far beyond the fairgrounds. In his native Greensburg, he served 22 years as a city councilman and 12 years as mayor. In those roles, he also served on the state level, rising to the presidency of the Kentucky League of Cities.His experience as a veteran led to his role as head of the Kentucky VFW.
Bill was packing to attend yet another convention of KAFHS in early 2016 when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Needless to say, it was a somber convention that year.
The association members voted to create an annual award honoring a hometown fair individual who is also recognized as a leader in other civic matters.
Gib Gosser, who succeeded Bill as the association’s executive secretary, was awarded the first such honor during the 2017 convention.