Members of the Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association attended the Virginia Association of Fairs (VAF) Conference held January 7 – 10, 2016 at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. This annual event provides representatives from Fairs all around the Commonwealth with various networking opportunities, educational seminars, a vendor trade show, and an entertainment showcase. A Conference highlight is the Annual Communication Awards Competition which allows VAF member Fairs to showcase their advertising efforts from the previous year. Fairs compete in one of three divisions, according to annual attendance. The Caroline County Ag Fair Association competes in Division 2: “Fairs with attendance of 7,000 – 29,999.”
The Fair Association entered 23 of the 27 Communications Awards categories and achieved 19 ribbons: Eight 1st Place, seven 2nd Place, and four 3rd Place, PLUS three Best of Show! The Fair also achieved "Best Over All" for Fairs in the 7,000 - 29,999 category, a first for Caroline since moving up to this category!
(See below for complete list of awards.)
Special congratulations to Fair Home Goods Chairperson, Macine Williams, who is the 2016 recipient of the Hazel M. Staley Volunteer Award! This is only the second year for this award which, according to the VAF website: "… recognizes outstanding volunteer service by a volunteer associated with a member fair. This award recognizes and honors Hazel’s dedication and love of the fair industry and highlights the significant impact that volunteers have on making fairs family oriented programs that have a significant impact on the quality of life in a community." Macine, in conjunction with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, once again coordinated the Winter Judges School as part of the conference. This was the third year for this class.
Also, congratulations to Fair Manager Mack Wright who will serve another term on the VAF Board of Directors! Mack was first elected to the Board in 2013, the same year he was named the VAF “Fair Person of the Year!”
Special thanks to Association President, Francine Whittaker, for creating the Theme & Photo Essay displays for the competition, and for making sure all items were entered! The Fair and Media Scrapbooks for the competition were created by Luella McField. All publicity and marketing materials for the Fair are the work of Lynda Tate. Conference photography taken by Debra Coleman.
The Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association is an ALL VOLUNTEER non-profit organization which operates on privately-owned property donated for use by the Fair. Association members work diligently year-round to promote the Fair's mission and to give back to the Caroline community. We strive to implement fresh ideas to improve the fair-goers experience and to develop other events and activities which offer the same type of family fun the Fair provides. If you would like to become a part of the “Award Winning” Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association and/or to keep up with what’s happening at the Grounds, please visit our website, www.CarolineFair.com, and follow us on Facebook!
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Categories and awards:
First Place - Blue Ribbon
*Denotes Best of Show
Second Place - Red Ribbon
Newspaper Ad - B & W
Third Place - White Ribbon
Photo Essay Board
Best of Show – Purple Ribbon
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