MARYLAND STATE FAIR STRIKES IT RICH WINNING FIVE TOP AWARDS AT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FAIRS AND EXPOSITONS CONVENTION IN LAS VEGAS

| November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE) Award Photo 2017 (LtoR):

Maryland State Fair (MDSF) Director of Agriculture Programs Robert Fogle; MDSF Chairman of the Agricultural Committee & Past President David L Brauning; MDSF Chairman of the Board Gerry L. Brewster; MDSF President Donna G. Myers; MDSF Board Member Mary B. Amoss;  and MDSF Assistant General Manager Becky Brashear were presented with numerous agricultural and communications awards at this week’s IAFE Strike IT Rich Convention in Las Vegas.

 

 

TIMONIUM, MD – The 2017 Maryland State Fair struck it rich this week, winning five top awards, among them a Best of Division Award, at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Striking It Rich Convention in Las Vegas.  The IAFE annually awards excellence in fair programming through four educational contests:  Agriculture, Competitive Exhibits, Communications, and Sponsorship. Fair members submit their ideas and programs to be judged by IAFE member representatives and professionals from respective fields.  “This is a proud time for the Maryland State Fair staff that works hard year-round to present high-quality, fun, and educational entertainment events for hundreds of thousands of fairgoers each year,” said Maryland State Fair Assistant General Manager Becky Brashear.

 

The IAFE 2017 Convention Striking it Rich theme, in addition to focusing on excellence in local, national, and international fair programming, embarked on an initiative that highlighted the positive impact and relevancy of scholarship monies raised and awarded by the industry.  The Maryland State Fair alone awards $35,000 in scholarships annually to Maryland residents.

 

“The millions, more than $43 million at last count, of scholarship dollars that have been and will be awarded by the local, national, and international fair industry to individuals for continuing education is an investment in the community, but more importantly, an investment in the citizens of our world,” added Brashear. “The youth we serve today will become our leaders tomorrow.”

 

The Maryland State Fair received the following awards in the IAFE Agricultural Awards Program

1st Place and Best of Division Award: Program/Event/Exhibit designed to educate consumers/fair-going public of a current agriculture or Fair industry challenge category. Maryland State Fair Avenue Banners. A series of colorful, eye catching banners in the Cow Palace with simple impactful educational messages of how farmers care about the environment, animal health, farms, and food safety.

 

1st Place: Newly Established or Evolving Program/Exhibit that promotes agriculture to the fair-going public category.  The Maryland State Fair Innovation Station showcased Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and its connection to agriculture. The exhibit featured a green wall, a butterfly encounter, a planetarium, an interactive kiosk and displays that covered food safety, GMO’s, Ethanol, and  technological advances in agriculture.

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The Maryland State Fair received the following awards in the IAFE Communications Awards Program

 

2nd Place:  Maryland State Fair Electronic Newsletter. The electronic publication, with colorful graphics and photographs, highlighted traditional fair fun, new special events, educational opportunities and more. The newsletter was distributed during the three months prior to the Fair to approximately 40,000 email addresses.

 

3rd Place:  Maryland State Fair Mobile App. The fully functional, colorful Maryland State Fair Mobile App included a schedule of events, map, social media links, GPS locating services, and more.

The upcoming 137th Maryland State Fair will run from Thursday, August 23 – Monday, September 3, 2018.

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