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