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Thomas honored with humanitarian award



In conjunction with the family of the late Evan Lloyd Adamson, The Celebration presented one of its most prestigious awards, the Evan Lloyd Adamson Humanitarian Award, to Mark Thomas. The award is named in honor of the former Celebration ringmaster, association member, and director. 

The award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to The Celebration. As this year’s recipient, Mark’s name will be inscribed on a plaque in the main Celebration office listing all the winners as well as a cash honorarium. 

Mark was born and raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and began working for Celebration security in 1989. During this time Mark could be found working almost every aspect of security for The Celebration including events at the Calsonic Arena, inspection area, barn area, and more. 

In 2012, he accepted the position of security manager for The Celebration. This year marks his 28th year as a Celebration employee.

Mark is a 36-year employee of the Bedford County Fire Department where he as served as chief for 29 years. Mark has a servant’s heart and is known for going out of his way to assist those who need a helping hand. He is also very active in the community, currently serving out his fourth term as County Commissioner of the 9th district and is a member of the Bedford County Law Enforcement Committee.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bedford County Emergency Communications District. He also serves as a reserve deputy for the county sheriff’s department. Mark is also a faithful member of Fair Haven Baptist Church where he is an active deacon.

Mark has been married to his wife, Donna, for 36 years and they have two children, Ashley Brinkley and Tyler Thomas. He is very proud of his three grandsons and enjoys attending their sports and school activities. 

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