The Western Fair District was recognized by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, for its efforts during last year’s fair. IAFE considers and awards fairs from all over, and select a handful of winners for various categories. The Western Fair showed its strength in the agricultural field. Director of Urban and Rural Affairs for the District Heather Blackwell said the accolades are nice to shoot for, but it’s the public’s feedback and experience they enjoy hearing about the most.
Blackwell attributes their success towards the full-time effort by staff and volunteers which takes place all year to ensure the fair is fun for everyone. The fair was recognized for their agriculture displays, placing first for Agricultural Exhibitor Incentives Program, 2nd place for Overcoming Adversity in Agriculture, and 2nd place for Consumer Awareness in the Agriculture Environment for the five breed horse display. They also took home 1st place for Agriculture program area beautification and 2nd place awarded for the interactive farm setting with a mini barn display.