Western Fair ‘Extremely Proud’ After International Recognition
LONDON, Ontario, January 2, 2019: The annual Western Fair has received recognition in three award categories: Agriculture, Horticulture/Crops, and Communications from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) headquartered in Springfield, Mo.
The entries were evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders at the Annual Awards Reception held at the 2018 IAFE Convention from November 25-28, 2018, in San Antonio, TX. Selections are made by the membership of the IAFE, which has over 1,200 members from around the globe.
Western Fair received awards in the following:
Agriculture: 1st place for ‘Agricultural Exhibitor Incentives Program’. 2nd place for ‘Overcoming Adversity in Agriculture’. WFD also won 2nd place for ‘Consumer Awareness in the Agriculture Environment’ for the five breed horse display.
Horticulture/Crops: 1st place for ‘Agriculture program area beautification’. 2nd place awarded for the interactive farm setting with mini barn display.
“The Western Fair District is thrilled that its signature event, the annual Western Fair, (a Festival and Events Ontario Level of Distinction recipient and Top 100 event in Ontario) has again received international recognition for its agri-food education initiatives,” said Heather Blackwell, Director of Urban and Rural Affairs for the District. “The Fair is steeped in tradition and has a tremendously positive impact on our rural and urban publics and therefore we commit hundreds of hours each year to the work of successfully building our education component. Young and old alike learn from the breed displays, traditional and urban agriculture initiatives, farm to plate efforts, and our partnership with Growing Chefs.”
Blackwell says it is the the Association’s commitment to these efforts that will have a positive impact on the next generation and allow Western Fair to continue to expand their agri-educational reach. “Being recognized by our peers on an international level, amongst fair’s from across the globe, says a lot about London, Ontario, its fair, and the efforts and dedication of our volunteers and staff.” Western Fair was also recognized for their communications efforts in multiple categories.
The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.
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