The IAFE awards program allows member fairs to enter competitions based on competitive exhibits, agricultural education, sponsorships and communications. The entries are evaluated and judged by teams of industry leaders.
For the awards program, the more than 3,000 member fairs of the IAFE are split into five categories based on attendance. The Clay County Fair competes in Division 3, which is limited to fairs across the globe with an attendance of 250,000-500,000.
The Clay County Fair claimed the following awards:
* Second Place, "Agricultural Photo Series," Agriculture Awards sponsored by John Deere. The series of photos, taken by fair photographer Judy Hemphill featuring the 4-H dairy goat show, finished behind an entry from the Kansas State Fair.
* Second Place, "Brochure/Flyer Series," Hall of Honor Communications Awards sponsored by K&K Insurance. The Fair's entry of the new daily pocket guides finished behind an entry from the Missouri State Fair.
* Second Place, "Radio Ads," Hall of Honor Communications Awards sponsored by K&K Insurance. The Fair's radio commercials finished behind an entry from the North Dakota State Fair.
* Third Place, "Competitive Exhibit Display Photo," Competitive Exhibits Awards sponsored by North American Midway Entertainment. The photo, taken by fair marketing manager Rebecca Peters, featured the corn display in the Agriculture Building.
* Third Place, "Poster," Hall of Honor Communications Awards sponsored by K&K Insurance. The Fair's entry of the "Discover the Greatest" official poster finished behind entries from the North Dakota State Fair and Kansas State Fair.
CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons, who currently serves as vice chair of the IAFE Young Professionals Initiative steering committee, received recognition as a McKoy Scholarship recipient. McKoy Scholarships, named after State Fair of Texas CEO Errol McKoy, are given to students enrolled in the IAFE Institute of Fair Management.
Visit the World's Greatest County Fair for "Bushels of Fun" September 7-15, 2013! The Clay County Fair, an annual celebration in Spencer, Iowa since 1917, attracts more than 300,000 people each September for world-class Grandstand entertainment, daily livestock and horse shows, over $100,000 in free entertainment, thousands of competitive exhibits, the thrilling GoldStar Amusements carnival, every imaginable type of fair food, hundreds of unique commercial vendors, and the largest farm machinery display at any fair in the United States! Offering "Bushels of Fun" for every age group, the Clay County Fair is an event you won't want to miss! Visit www.claycountyfair.com for more information.