The Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association, in conjunction with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Association of Fairs, is pleased to present the
Spring 2015 Judging School on Saturday, May 30, at the Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds! Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; the program concludes at 2:00 p.m.
Light morning refreshments and lunch are included in the $20.00 registration fee.
The purpose of this judging school is to train and certify judges for Fairs throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical knowledge of fair judging and a greater understanding of county fairs and the educational opportunities they present.
Spearheaded by Macine Williams, CCA Fair Home Goods Chair, and Pegi Wright with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association has been instrumental over the last few years in revitalizing the judging school program in Virginia and has established a pool of qualified authorities who may judge at county fairs as well as the State Fair of Virginia!
The Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association is once again the recipient of the “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” Award sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The $2,500 award was won by local farmer Mark Coleman of Coleman Farms in Ruther Glen who designated the Fair Association as the recipient. The program is designed to improve rural communities through farmer directed donations and since its inception in 2010, has awarded over $19 million to Rural America.
Representing Monsanto, Mr. Jim Oliver presented the check to Mark Coleman and the Fair Association on March 17 during their monthly meeting at the Fair Grounds.
This is the third time the Caroline County Ag Fair has been fortunate enough to receive this award.
Mark Coleman; Francine Whittaker, Fair Association President; Jim Oliver
The Caroline County Agricultural Fair (CCAF) Association was represented at the Virginia Association of Fairs (VAF) Annual Conference, held January 8-10 at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. Attendees were Wick & Debra Coleman, Luella McField, Francine W. Whittaker, Macine Williams, and Mack & Debbie Wright.
Rachel Waggie, an avid 4-H Cattle Show Participant at the CCAF, represented the Fair in the VAF Youth Scholarship Contest, and won third prize – a $1,000 scholarship!
The CCA Fair Association also hosted a Winter Judging School at the Annual Conference. Headed by Home Goods Chairman, Macine Williams, the CCA Fair has taken the lead in the state to develop a database of qualified individuals who can judge the varied home goods categories for not only county fairs throughout the Commonwealth, but also the State Fair of Virginia. This was the second Winter session held at the conference.
Another Conference highlight is the Annual Communication Awards Competition which allows Fairs from around the Commonwealth to showcase their advertising efforts from the previous year. Fairs compete in one of three divisions, according to annual attendance. The CCA Fair, who hosted over 10,000 fairgoers in 2014, is in Division 2: fairs with attendance of 7,000 – 30,000. The Fair entered 19 of the 24 categories, and brought home 15 ribbons – including two Best of Show! CCAF results (with credits) are as follows:
Brochure (Lynda Tate)
Fair Map (Dawn Haun, The Caroline Progress & Lynda Tate)
Fair Scrapbook** (Luella McField)
Flyer* (Lynda Tate)
Newspaper Advertisement - B&W* (Lynda Tate)
Tabloid (Fair Booklet) (Dawn Haun, The Caroline Progress & Lynda Tate)
Television Interview** – CCAF was represented by Association President, Francine Whittaker, on two different local TV programs in July 2014 – Virginia This Morning, CBS6, and 12 About Town, NBC12! (Media edited for contest by Lynda Tate)
Magazine Advertisement* (Lynda Tate)
Theme (Francine Whittaker)
*NEW Awards Category in 2015
**The Fair Scrapbook and the Television Interview also won Best of Show! This was a NEW prize in which ALL divisions compete together in each category.
The Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association is busy making plans for the coming season – so mark your calendar for FAIR TIME, July 8 – 11, 2015!
**CASH ONLY PLEASE**
No $100 bills accepted at the Gate
or anywhere on the Grounds
**No Pets Allowed on the Grounds Unless Service Animal or Event Participants**
***For Safety Reasons - Hay Rides & Trolley Rides Have Been Discontinued at the Fair Grounds***
By attending any event at the Caroline County Agricultural Fair Grounds, you expressly agree to be photographed or videotaped, without compensation, for marketing or promotional purposes. You further agree that the Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.
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