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Chris LeDoux

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Certified Festival And Event Executive

Jack Hunter Award

About Us

History

April 1975 - Winterset Agency Founded
The Winterset Agency was founded by Dorothy Winters, after leaving the performance side of the industry. She also served as first female vice president of the Denver's Musician Union, before setting up the agency.

September 1986 - The Merrill’s Become New Owners
Randy Merrill and Brende Farney Merrill are partners in the new ownership of the Winterset Agency.

September 1989 - Agency Signs Artist Chris LeDoux
A former world champion rodeo rider, Chris LeDoux has chosen the Winterset Agency for exclusive representation as he changes careers and pursues his passion for music.

June 1993 - Agency Relocates from Denver to Nashville
To best facilitate the rocketing career of recently signed Capitol recording artist, Chris LeDoux; the agency relocates to Music City USA.

1993-1995 – Elected to Board of Directors for CAFS
Randy Merrill serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Association of Fairs & Shows

September 1995 - Tom Sailor Joins Winterset
Veteran talent booker Tommy Sailor has joined the agency and will remain in their Colorado office. He will be responsible for fair and festival talent.

April 2002 - Nominated for ACM Entertainment "Buyer/Promoter of the Year"
Winterset is nominated for the prestigious Academy of Country Music "Entertainment Buyer/Promoter of the Year" award.

November 2002 – Awarded "Jack Hunter Award" for Outstanding Service
The South Dakota Association of Fairs and Celebrations has honored Randy with the prestigious Jack Hunter award for outstanding service to the organization.

April 2003 - Nominated for ACM "Talent Buyer of the Year"
Randy Merrill, representing the company's talent buying division, was twice nominated by the prestigious Academy of Country Music (ACM) as one of the top talent buyers in America.

November 2003 - Named "Service Member of the Year"
The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs and Expos had named Randy Merrill as their Outstanding Associate of the Year. He and Tom Sailor have attended that association convention for 15 years.

November 2003 - Named "Associate of the Year"
The North Dakota Association of Fairs awards Randy Merrill with Associate of the Year.

November 2004 - Named President of South Dakota Fair Association
The South Dakota Association of Fairs has elected Randy Merrill to be president of the Association. He becomes the only the second service member to head the organization. He had previously served on the board of directors for two terms.

November 2004 - Named "Associate of the Year"
The Winterset Agency was named Associate of the Year by the Colorado Association of Fairs at their November convention. This special award highlights where we started out in the headline talent buying division of the company.

August 2007 - Xondra Merrill Joins Winterset
Xondra brings her management training, knowledge of computers, internet and tech areas, and journalism skills to the family business. She will represent events in several western states.

November 2007 – Elected to Board of Directors for Colorado Association of Fairs and Shows
Colorado Association of Fairs and Shows has elected Brende Farney Merrill associate director.

November 2008 - Elected to Board of Directors for South Dakota Association of Fairs and Celebrations
South Dakota Association of Fairs and Celebrations has elected Brende Farney Merrill to the board as Associate director.

November 2008 - Special Recognition Award
The Colorado Association of Fairs and Shows created a special award for Xondra Merrill’s work done for the association.

May 2009 - New Branch Office Opens
Winterset expands operation to Black Hills of South Dakota to better serve western clients.

October 2011 - Certified Festival And Event Executive
Through the International Festivals and Events Association, Brende Farney Merrill joins other festival/event planners from around the world, who have attained the highest level of competency in their field, and have received professional designation as a Certified Festival and Event Executive (CFEE) since the program’s inception 25 years ago.

November 2011 - "Jack Hunter Award" received for service
The South Dakota Associate of Fairs and Celebrations has honored Brende Farney Merrill with this award for outstanding service to the association.

Thank you to the fairs, festivals, and corporate events that have supported our growth these past 35 years. It's been a great ride.

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