The Ohio State Fair was recently presented with a first place Agricultural Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) for the fair's new "Agriculture is Cool" interactive education program held in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio's agricultural commodity groups. The 2011 "Agriculture is Cool" program inspired by the initiative of Governor John R. Kasich included several interactive education stations throughout the Ohio State Fair at which students could learn about the many ways Ohio's largest industry – agriculture – impacts many facets of their everyday lives. The program, which also offered scholarships to top participants, was recognized as the best special or specific agricultural education exhibit, event or program for the fairgoing public for fairs with annual attendance between 500,001 and 1 million. The award was presented during a special awards ceremony held on November 29 during the 121st Annual IAFE Convention. In addition, the Ohio State Fair received eight different awards in the marketing division. Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler explained, "The Ohio State Fair has long been a favorite family tradition and an active participant in the international community of fairs and expositions. I'm thrilled that a panel of industry leaders recognized our great state for excellence from a pool of more than 3,000 members from around the world." The "Agriculture is Cool" program will be open to visitors of all ages during the 2012 Ohio State Fair, July 25 - Aug. 5. For the second consecutive year, exiting fourth grade students (2011-2012 academic year) and a chaperone will be admitted for free upon presentation of a valid report card at the entrance gates. The Ohio Expo Center is a year-round, multi-purpose convention and meeting facility. More than 150 events are held at the Ohio Expo Center annually, including the Ohio State Fair. The 2012 Ohio State Fair will be held July 25 - August 5
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The North Dakota State Fair has received four first place Agricultural Awards of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) headquartered in Springfield, MO. The North Dakota State Fair received awards in the following categories: Overall Program for Competitive Agricultural Exhibitors, Overall Agricultural Program for the Non-Agricultural Fairgoing Public, Overall Program for Commercial Agricultural Exhibitors and Green Program. “It’s great to be recognized for the emphasis and focus that we place on agriculture. We work hard to keep agriculture at the heart of the Fair,” said Manager, Bob Wagoner. The North Dakota State Fair was also the recipient of an overall Best of Division trophy. “As a staff we take great pride in knowing that our event has been selected for this prestigious honor,” stated Wagoner. The North Dakota State Fair also brought home five first place Communication Awards for its 2008 advertising campaign. First place awards received were for Black and White Newspaper Advertisement, Color Newspaper Advertisement, Printed Promotional Material, E-Newsletter and Website. “Our advertising agency, Kranzler Kingsley, designed and produced a really great look and concept for the 2008 State Fair, which was used in each of the winning advertising pieces,” said Shannon Pearson, Marketing Director. “We strive to utilize the newest marketing tactics for reaching Fair-goers, it’s great to be recognized for being the best in our division for each of these categories,” added Pearson. The awards were presented during the 118th annual IAFE Convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are a total of 13 Agriculture award categories and 14 Communication Awards, each divided into 5 divisions based on attendance. The entries are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders, selected from the membership of the IAFE. For more information on the North Dakota State Fair visit www.ndstatefair.com or call 701-857-7620
December 23, 2008 Lori Chappell 515/262-3111 ext. 204 The Iowa State Fair brought home numerous honors in the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) agricultural, competitive exhibits and communications competitions for fairs with attendance of one million or more. The awards were presented at the IAFE Annual Convention in Las Vegas last week. “We knew based on record-setting attendance that the 2008 Iowa State Fair was an overwhelming success with Fairgoers,” said Fair CEO/Manager Gary Slater. “Receiving awards and recognition from our industry peers really tops off an unforgettable year.” In IAFE Agricultural Awards competition, the Fair collected nine top honors, including Sweepstakes and Overall Program for Commercial Agricultural Exhibitors. The Fair’s new Vet Camp, Blue Ribbon Kids newsletter, Little Hands on the Farm, and Animal Learning Center programming all received recognition. The Fair also took home Outstanding Magazine Ad and Outstanding Advertising Specialties honors in the Communications category. In addition, the Fair’s extremely popular State Fair Games received Best Interactive Agricultural Exhibit for Competitive Exhibits. These awards follow the Fair being named one of American Bus Association’s (ABA) 2009 “Top 100 Events in North America” and Discover America’s 2009 list of Top 200 Events. “State Fair Time” in 2009 is set August 13-23. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.