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Clay County Fair Takes Home Top Honors In Several Categories In International Competition

Thu 12-5-2019

(Spencer)-- The Clay County Fair has received special recognition at the 2019 International Association of Fairs and Expositions Convention that just concluded in San Antonio, Texas. The Clay County Fair took home 14 awards this year, the most in its history, including four first-place honors.

The Clay County Fair placed 1st in a category for promoting agriculture to the fair-going public for its 2019 Fair Ambassador program involving Clay county 4-H and FFA students.

The fair also won 1st place in “Agriculture Communications”.

The Clay County Fair also took home top honors in two categories for Agriculture Individual Photos.

Clay County Fair officials also received recognition and participated in various activities during the convention.

The event allows member fairs to enter competitions based on competitive exhibits, agricultural education and communications. The Clay County Fair competes among Division 3 fairs with an attendance of between 250,000 and 500,000.

 

In addition to the fourteen placings in IAFE award categories, Fair officials were active during the convention through the following recognitions and activities:
 
  • Dave Simington, current member of the Board of Directors and President from 2005-2017, was awarded the prestigious IAFE Heritage Award on December 2. The Heritage Award recognizes the achievements of outstanding volunteer fair management personnel.Jeremy Parsons, CFE, CEO/Manager, was named second vice chair of the IAFE during the business session on December 4. In his role as second vice chair, Parsons will assist with executive responsibilities associated with the organization in preparation for his role as IAFE chair in 2022.

 

  • Andrea Wiesenmeyer, marketing and partnerships director, gave two presentations – one focused on the Fair’s new ag ambassador program and one focused on the Fair’s ag communications. She also is a member of the IAFE Advertising, Promotions & Public Relations and Sponsorship Committees. 

 

  • Janet Schutter, commercial exhibits director, is a member of the IAFE Commercial Exhibits and Concessions Committee. 

 

  • Jeremy Parsons also participated on an international “critical conversation” panel with Washington State Fair CEO Kent Hojem and Royal Adelaide Show (Australia) CEO John Rothwell discussing Fair success metrics.
 
A complete list of Clay County Fair award placings is as follows:
 
AGRICULTURE AWARDS SPONSORED BY SHOWORKS
 
Category 2 – Technique/procedure/policy developed by Fair management to correct an issue or challenge related to an agricultural program
Clay County Fair entry – 2019 Swine Health Rules
1. Royal National Show - Ekka (Queensland, Australia)
2. York Fair (PA)
3. Clay County Fair (IA)
 
Category 3 – Newly established or evolving program/exhibit at your fair which promotes agriculture to the fairgoing public
Clay County Fair entry – Ag Ambassadors
1. Clay County Fair (IA)
2. Royal National Show - Ekka (Queensland, Australia)
3. Western Idaho Fair
 
Category 6 – Unique partnership for an exhibit/promotion/special event/competition showcased at the fair
Clay County Fair entry – ISU Extension Clay County’s “Bite by the Barn” Adult AgCiting program
1. Missouri State Fair
2. Royal National Show - Ekka (Queensland, Australia)
3. Clay County Fair (IA)
 
Category 8 – Agriculture communications
Clay County Fair entry – Open Class Horse Department Facebook page
1. Clay County Fair (IA)
2. Alameda County Fair (CA)
3. North Dakota State Fair
 
Category 9 – Agriculture programs video
Clay County Fair entry – Ag Ambassadors introduction video
1. Royal National Show - Ekka (Queensland, Australia)
2. Clay County Fair (IA)
3. Georgia National Fair
 
Category 10b – Agriculture individual photo: horticulture/Crops
Clay County Fair entry – Family trying to lift giant pumpkin (photo by Judy Hemphill)
1. Clay County Fair (IA)
2. Bloomsburg Fair (PA)
3. Missouri State Fair
 
Category 10c – Agriculture individual photo: equine
Clay County Fair entry – Chuck wagon races (photo by Jim Steffens)
1. Clay County Fair (IA)
2. Royal National Show - Ekka (Queensland, Australia)
3. Florida State Fair
 
Category 10d – Agriculture individual photo: rodeo
Clay County Fair entry – Bull Riding Challenge (photo by Jim Steffens)
1. Georgia National Fair
2. Missouri State Fair
3. Clay County Fair (IA)
 
Category 13 – New or unique animal competition (class or division)
Clay County Fair entry – Open Class Horse Department classes (largest and smallest horse)
1. Pennsylvania Farm Show
2. Royal National Show - Ekka (Queensland, Australia)
3. Clay County Fair (IA)
 
 
COMPETITIVE EXHIBIT AWARDS SPONSORED BY NAME
 
Category 9b: General display at your fair – photo series
Clay County Fair entry – Balloon Masters (photos by Judy Hemphill)
1. Royal National Show - Ekka (Queensland, Australia)
2. Clay County Fair (IA)
3. Missouri State Fair
 
 
IAFE HALL OF COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS SPONSORED BY K & K INSURANCE
 
Category 5 – Magazine ad
Clay County Fair entry – Okoboji Magazine concert line-up ad
1. South Carolina State Fair
2. Missouri State Fair
3. Clay County Fair (IA)
 
Category 8 – Printed promotional material
Clay County Fair entry – Daily guides
1. Royal National Show - Ekka (Queensland, Australia)
2. Clay County Fair (IA)
3. Sioux Empire Fair (SD)
 
Category 17 – Social media/mobile campaign
Clay County Fair entry – 2019 Instagram campaign
1. Missouri State Fair
2. Nebraska State Fair
3. Clay County Fair (IA)
 
 
NON-FAIR FACILITY USAGE AWARDS SPONSORED BY SHOWORKS
 
Category 2 – Specific action/campaign used to market your facility
Clay County Fair entry – Weekly front-page ad campaign in Spencer Daily Reporter
1. North Dakota State Fair
2. Clay County Fair (IA)
3. Mississippi Valley Fair (IA)
 
About IAFEThe IAFE is a voluntary, not-for-profit corporation that serves state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. It currently represents more than 1,100 fairs around the world and more than 900 members from related fields.