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Clay County Fair Does Well at IAFE Convention

Clay County Fair Does Well at IAFE Convention

Spencer, IA (CCF)–A $1,000 check to be given to local food banks and seven awards highlighted the Clay County Fair’s trip to the 123rd Annual International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Convention held last week in Las Vegas.

Issued as part of the IAFE’s “Dream Big” initiative, the Clay County Fair received a $1,000 check to be given to local food banks.

“Fairs across the U.S. and Canada were challenged this year to make a difference in their communities by participating in an industry-wide food drive,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons.  “We are excited to present checks later this month to the Spencer Dream Center and Upper Des Moines Opportunity to help the less fortunate in our community.”

The check, which was sponsored by internet ticketing company Etix, was a random drawing of all of the fairs that participated in “Dream Big,” which raised more than 6 million pounds of food across the continent.

“This opportunity was the result of Clay County 4-H clubs coming together to compete in the ‘Can-struction’ competition at the 2013 Fair,” Parsons said.  “They deserve 100 percent of the credit.”

The Clay County Fair also brought home seven awards as part of the IAFE awards program, which allows member fairs to enter competitions based on competitive exhibits, agricultural education, sponsorships and communications.

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, “Overall Program for Competitive Agricultural Exhibitors,” Agriculture Awards sponsored by John Deere.

-       Third Place, “Agriculture Photo Series,” Agriculture Awards sponsored by John Deere.  The series of photos, taken by fair photographer Judy Hemphill featuring the six-horse draft horse show, finished behind entries from the North Dakota State Fair and Missouri State Fair.

-       Third Place, “General Display Photo,” Competitive Exhibits Awards sponsored by North American Midway Entertainment.  The photo, taken by fair photographer Judy Hemphill featuring the Smoky Mountain Railroad, finished behind entries from the North Dakota State Fair and Missouri State Fair.

-       Third Place, “Promotional Advertising – Best Non-Traditional/Out of Home Advertising Effort,” Hall of Honor Communications Awards sponsored by K&K Insurance.  The Fair’s entry of the restaurant placemat finished behind entries from the North Dakota State Fair and Delaware State Fair.

-       Third Place, “Brochure/Flyer Series,” Hall of Honor Communications Awards sponsored by K&K Insurance.  The Fair’s entry of the daily pocket guides finished behind entries from the North Dakota State Fair and Royal National Show (Australia).

-       Third Place, “Single Brochure/Flyer,” Hall of Honor Communications Awards sponsored by K&K Insurance.  The Fair’s entry of its wel-known brochure that is distributed across the region every June finished behind entries from the Greater Jacksonville (FL) Fair and North Dakota State Fair.

-       Third Place, “Website,” Hall of Honor Communications Awards sponsored by K&K Insurance.  The Fair’s entry of its website which was overhauled in time for the 2013 Fair finished behind entries from the North Dakota State Fair and Georgia National Fair.

Finally, an individual honor was received by CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons, who became chair of the IAFE Young Professionals Initiative (YPI) national steering committee.  YPI is comprised of dozens of under-40 fair industry leaders who are passionate about the progression and growth of fairs for the future.  Since its beginnings in 2008, YPI has grown to more than 150 members who represent all eight IAFE zones, as well associate affiliation

Experience all there is to do “Only at the Fair” September 6-14, 2014 in Spencer, Iowa!  The Clay County Fair, “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, attracts more than 300,000 people each September for unique experiences including world-class Grandstand entertainment, daily livestock and horse shows, more than $100,000 in free entertainment, thousands of competitive exhibits, the thrilling GoldStar Amusements Midway, every imaginable type of fair food, hundreds of commercial vendors and the largest farm machinery display at any fair in the United States!  Every age will enjoy an “Only at the Fair” experience at the 2014 Clay County Fair. For more information, visit www.claycountyfair.com.

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