They came, they liked what they saw, and they stayed a while. They’re described as the movers and shakers, delivering energy, strength and innovation, essential ingredients for every successful organization. They comprise a select group who contributes their time and efforts and leave things greatly improved for having been in the room.
The Los Angeles County Fair Association proudly acknowledges its affiliation with three such individuals and their induction into the LACFA’s 2007 Hall of Fame.
Fred W. Freehling, Clyde E. Houston and Robert B. Lewis are the newest inductees to be recognized by the LACFA for outstanding participation, support, dedication and length of service to both the organization and to the community.
Linda Keagle, LACFA board member, heads up the Hall of Fame nominating committee. She said, “The Hall of Fame, established in 2001, is a wonderful means to pay tribute to the myriad individuals who have played such a key role in the success of the L.A. County Fair. It’s a lasting tribute to those who have led the way and an inspiration to all who follow.”
Freehling joined the Association in 1970 and was named a director in 1973, serving through 2004. He is presently director emeritus. Now retired, he previously owned Pomona-based Darbo Manufacturing; he was vice-president and general manager of Armline Inc.; and was vice-president of operations for Betsy Ross Restaurant in Pomona. Freehling defines commitment, loyalty and dedication in his service to the community and to the LACFA, sharing time, knowledge and experience. He presently serves on the Association’s education foundation board and is a member of the investment committee. With a business and restaurant background, and a love of the Fair, Freehling immersed himself in the Fair’s bread and butter, its extensive concessions, food service and hospitality business.
He is currently on the board of Pomona Valley Hospital