The Virginia Poultry Federation has presented Charles W. Wampler Jr. with its prestigious Eddie Mason Award, which recognizes individuals for support of poultry youth educational programs.
In 1998, Wampler retired as chairman of WLR Foods, Inc., then the 7th largest poultry company in the nation. He worked for more than 60 years in the industry.
Wampler also helped found the Rockingham County Fair and was its president from 1948 to 1973. He also played an integral role in the development of the State Fair of Virginia, serving on its board of directors for 25 years.
The award was presented to Wampler during the Virginia Poultry Federation’s annual Youth Convention at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds on Friday.
Hobey Bauhan, president of the Virginia Poultry Federation, stated that Wampler’s list of accomplishments is long and distinguished.
“So much of what he has done over the decades has had a link to providing opportunities for young people in agriculture. The most obvious is that he helped establish the poultry industry as a career opportunity for thousands of people,” he states in a press release.
The award was established in 1997 to honor the late Eddie Mason, a former poultry industry executive, for his extraordinary dedication and service to poultry youth programs.