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Achievement Awards by Fair

The goal of the Achievement Awards Program is to recognize excellence and share successful ideas and programs amongst members. Achievement Award winners serve as inspiration to the industry, demonstrating innovation worthy of replication.

There are three Featured Programs for 2016. Featured programs are marked with an asterisk (*) in the list of winners below.
Entries were judged by a special panel of industry experts; winners presented their results at the WFA Convention in Reno January 15-18, 2017.


Feature Program: Media & Marketing

Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy or Concept – Describe how your fair used a marketing strategy to increase attendance at your annual fair. Include examples of visuals such as artwork, promotional pieces and/or advertisements used. Explain the impact and the results. Judging Criteria: creativity, originality, impact, design, results.


Featured Programs: Innovations & Management Excellence

Agricultural Programming – Tell us about a unique program your Fair did in the area of agriculture education, livestock programs, consumer awareness or any of the above. Explain how the program was planned and executed, what partners may have been involved, and what the outcome or results were.

Celebrating Partnership Success – The Achievement Awards Committee would like to recognize strong, unique and innovative partnerships between fairs and the service member community. Promotions, programs or projects where the fair and a business partner (both must be members of WFA) share risk, development and reward. Entries may be fair time or interim.


There are 33 separate divisions in which fairgrounds can be recognized.
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Coming Spring 2017
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Alameda County Fair - Class 3 - Tracy Rogers

Division Place
01 Television Advertising-1b Television Ad Series 2
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 1
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 3
03 Website - Fairtime Website 3
05 Magazine Ad 3
06 Outdoor Advertising 1
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 3
13 Fair Program/Schedule 2
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 3
15 Digital Advertising -15b Ad campaign 4 exp max 2
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 2
17 Exhibits - Competition 2
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 3
19 New Childrens Program 1
21 Sponsorship 3
22 New Innovative Use of Technology 1
23 New Community Outreach Program 1
24 Theme Program 2
25 Volunteers 1
26 Interim Events 3
27 Event within an Event 1
30 Inspiring Collaborations 1
31 Guest Services 2
32 Agricultural Programming 3
33 Celebrating Partnership Success 1
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Amador County Fair - Class 1 - Sherri Elliott

Division Place
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 3
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 3
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 3
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 1
22 New Innovative Use of Technology 1
26 Interim Events 3
29 Crisis Management 1
32 Agricultural Programming 1
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Antelope Valley Fair - Class 3 - Wendy Bozigian

Division Place
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 3
06 Outdoor Advertising 2
07 Fair Logo Contest 1
08 Give it your Best Shot 3
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 1
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 3
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 3
14 Social Media Campaign 1
15 Digital Advertising -15b Ad campaign 4 exp max 1
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 1
24 Theme Program 1
27 Event within an Event 3
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Arizona National Livestock Show - Class 1 - Rochell Planty

Division Place
03 Website - Fairtime Website 1
08 Give it your Best Shot 1
19 New Childrens Program 1
30 Inspiring Collaborations 2
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Arizona State Fair - Class 4 - Karen Searle

Division Place
17 Exhibits - Competition 3
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Big Fresno Fair - Class 4 - Danielle Griffin

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 1
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 3
03 Website - Fairtime Website 2
06 Outdoor Advertising 2
07 Fair Logo Contest 1
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 3
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 3
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 2
14 Social Media Campaign 1
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 2
15 Digital Advertising -15b Ad campaign 4 exp max 1
20 New Conservation Program or Being Green 1
22 New Innovative Use of Technology 3
26 Interim Events 3
28 Non-Profits -28a Collab w/ outside non-profit 1
28 Non-Profits -28b Collab w/ own non-profit 2
30 Inspiring Collaborations 1
32 Agricultural Programming 2
33 Celebrating Partnership Success 1
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California Mid-State Fair - Class 3 - Ricky Brown

Division Place
08 Give it your Best Shot 1
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 2
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 3
17 Exhibits - Competition 3
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 2
21 Sponsorship 2
24 Theme Program 2
25 Volunteers 2
26 Interim Events 2
27 Event within an Event 2
28 Non-Profits -28b Collab w/ own non-profit 1
32 Agricultural Programming 1
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California State Fair - Class 4 - Don Callison

Division Place
01 Television Advertising-1b Television Ad Series 2
03 Website - Fairtime Website 2
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 2
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 1
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 1
12 Interim Evnt Rntl Innov Marketing Strat/Concept 2
13 Fair Program/Schedule 2
14 Social Media Campaign 1
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 1
15 Digital Advertising -15b Ad campaign 4 exp max 3
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 3
17 Exhibits - Competition 1
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 3
19 New Childrens Program 2
20 New Conservation Program or Being Green 3
21 Sponsorship 2
22 New Innovative Use of Technology 2
23 New Community Outreach Program 3
24 Theme Program 3
25 Volunteers 2
26 Interim Events 1
27 Event within an Event 2
28 Non-Profits -28a Collab w/ outside non-profit 2
29 Crisis Management 2
31 Guest Services 2
32 Agricultural Programming 3
33 Celebrating Partnership Success 2
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Colusa County Fair - Class 1 - Jonathan Howard

Division Place
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 1
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 1
03 Website - Fairtime Website 3
06 Outdoor Advertising 1
12 Interim Evnt Rntl Innov Marketing Strat/Concept 2
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 2
24 Theme Program 3
26 Interim Events 1
30 Inspiring Collaborations 3
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Cow Palace - Class 1 - Lori Marshall

Division Place
03 Website - Fairtime Website 1
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 3
05 Magazine Ad 2
08 Give it your Best Shot 3
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 1
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 3
12 Interim Evnt Rntl Innov Marketing Strat/Concept 1
13 Fair Program/Schedule 3
14 Social Media Campaign 1
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 1
20 New Conservation Program or Being Green 1
26 Interim Events 2
28 Non-Profits -28a Collab w/ outside non-profit 1
30 Inspiring Collaborations 1
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Dixon May Fair - Class 2 - Patricia Conklin

Division Place
07 Fair Logo Contest 3
13 Fair Program/Schedule 2
24 Theme Program 2
32 Agricultural Programming 2
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Douglas County Fair - Class 2 - Brenda Mayberry

Division Place
03 Website - Fairtime Website 1
26 Interim Events 1
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El Dorado County Fair - Class 2 - Suzanne Wright

Division Place
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 1
03 Website - Fairtime Website 3
08 Give it your Best Shot 2
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 1
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 2
12 Interim Evnt Rntl Innov Marketing Strat/Concept 3
13 Fair Program/Schedule 3
14 Social Media Campaign 1
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 2
22 New Innovative Use of Technology 1
31 Guest Services 1
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Glenn County Fair - Class 1 - April Wood

Division Place
03 Website - Fairtime Website 2
07 Fair Logo Contest 3
13 Fair Program/Schedule 2
14 Social Media Campaign 2
17 Exhibits - Competition 2
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 1
27 Event within an Event 1
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Kern County Fair - Class 3 - Janet Sanders

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 3
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 2
05 Magazine Ad 2
07 Fair Logo Contest 3
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 1
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LA County Fair - Class 4 - Shanell Fuquay

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 3
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 1
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 3
05 Magazine Ad 2
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 3
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 2
23 New Community Outreach Program 2
24 Theme Program 2
26 Interim Events 2
28 Non-Profits -28b Collab w/ own non-profit 1
30 Inspiring Collaborations 3
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Marin County Fair - Class 2 - Charlie Barboni

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 3
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 2
03 Website - Fairtime Website 2
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 3
05 Magazine Ad 1
06 Outdoor Advertising 1
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 3
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 2
12 Interim Evnt Rntl Innov Marketing Strat/Concept 1
13 Fair Program/Schedule 1
14 Social Media Campaign 2
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 1
15 Digital Advertising -15b Ad campaign 4 exp max 2
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 1
17 Exhibits - Competition 1
20 New Conservation Program or Being Green 1
21 Sponsorship 1
22 New Innovative Use of Technology 2
23 New Community Outreach Program 2
24 Theme Program 1
25 Volunteers 1
27 Event within an Event 1
28 Non-Profits -28a Collab w/ outside non-profit 1
28 Non-Profits -28b Collab w/ own non-profit 1
29 Crisis Management 1
30 Inspiring Collaborations 1
31 Guest Services 3
32 Agricultural Programming 1
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Monterey County Fair - Class 2 - Kelly Violini

Division Place
08 Give it your Best Shot 1
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 2
24 Theme Program 3
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Napa County Fair - Class 1 - Carlene Moore

Division Place
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 2
03 Website - Fairtime Website 2
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 2
06 Outdoor Advertising 3
08 Give it your Best Shot 2
17 Exhibits - Competition 1
24 Theme Program 1
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Nevada County Fair - Class 2 - Diane Hawkeswood

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 2
05 Magazine Ad 2
06 Outdoor Advertising 3
08 Give it your Best Shot 3
12 Interim Evnt Rntl Innov Marketing Strat/Concept 2
13 Fair Program/Schedule 3
14 Social Media Campaign 2
15 Digital Advertising -15b Ad campaign 4 exp max 1
17 Exhibits - Competition 2
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 3
23 New Community Outreach Program 1
27 Event within an Event 2
28 Non-Profits -28b Collab w/ own non-profit 2
30 Inspiring Collaborations 2
31 Guest Services 2
32 Agricultural Programming 3
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OC Fair - Class 4 - Chris Gunst

Division Place
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 1
06 Outdoor Advertising 1
07 Fair Logo Contest 2
08 Give it your Best Shot 2
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 2
13 Fair Program/Schedule 1
14 Social Media Campaign 2
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 3
17 Exhibits - Competition 2
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 1
21 Sponsorship 1
23 New Community Outreach Program 1
25 Volunteers 3
27 Event within an Event 1
28 Non-Profits -28a Collab w/ outside non-profit 3
29 Crisis Management 1
31 Guest Services 3
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Oregon State Fair - Class 3 - Kim Grewe-Powell

Division Place
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 1
03 Website - Fairtime Website 1
14 Social Media Campaign 3
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 3
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Salinas Valley Fair - Class 1 - TJ Plew

Division Place
01 Television Advertising-1b Television Ad Series 1
05 Magazine Ad 1
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 2
14 Social Media Campaign 3
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San Benito County Fair - Class 1 - S Stagnaro

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 1
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 1
07 Fair Logo Contest 1
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San Diego County Fair - Class 4 - Nichole Merzi

Division Place
01 Television Advertising-1b Television Ad Series 3
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 3
05 Magazine Ad 1
07 Fair Logo Contest 3
08 Give it your Best Shot 1
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 3
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 1
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 3
12 Interim Evnt Rntl Innov Marketing Strat/Concept 1
13 Fair Program/Schedule 3
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 2
15 Digital Advertising -15b Ad campaign 4 exp max 2
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 2
19 New Childrens Program 1
20 New Conservation Program or Being Green 2
21 Sponsorship 3
22 New Innovative Use of Technology 1
24 Theme Program 1
25 Volunteers 1
27 Event within an Event 3
28 Non-Profits -28b Collab w/ own non-profit 3
29 Crisis Management 1
30 Inspiring Collaborations 2
31 Guest Services 1
32 Agricultural Programming 1
33 Celebrating Partnership Success 3
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San Mateo County Fair - Class 2 - Kaitlyn Bailey-Findley

Division Place
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 1
05 Magazine Ad 3
06 Outdoor Advertising 2
07 Fair Logo Contest 1
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 3
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 1
27 Event within an Event 3
30 Inspiring Collaborations 3
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Santa Barbara County Fair - Class 3 - Joe Brengle

Division Place
01 Television Advertising-1b Television Ad Series 3
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 2
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 2
08 Give it your Best Shot 2
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 2
13 Fair Program/Schedule 1
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 1
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Santa Barbara Fair & Expo - Class 1 - Pa Cary

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 3
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 2
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 1
13 Fair Program/Schedule 1
24 Theme Program 2
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Santa Clara County Fair - Class 1 - Steve Stagnaro

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 2
06 Outdoor Advertising 2
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 2
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Santa Cruz County Fair - Class 2 - Stephen Stagnaro

Division Place
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 3
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 1
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Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival -Class 2- Joe Brengle

Division Place
01 Television Advertising-1b Television Ad Series 1
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 1
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 2
07 Fair Logo Contest 2
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 2
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 1
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Solano County Fair - Class 1 - Debbie Egidio

Division Place
05 Magazine Ad 3
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Sonoma County Fair - Class 3 - Leasha LaBruzzi

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 1
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 3
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 3
05 Magazine Ad 1
06 Outdoor Advertising 3
07 Fair Logo Contest 2
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 1
12 Interim Evnt Rntl Innov Marketing Strat/Concept 1
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 2
15 Digital Advertising -15b Ad campaign 4 exp max 3
17 Exhibits - Competition 1
21 Sponsorship 3
23 New Community Outreach Program 2
24 Theme Program 3
28 Non-Profits -28a Collab w/ outside non-profit 1
28 Non-Profits -28b Collab w/ own non-profit 2
30 Inspiring Collaborations 2
31 Guest Services 3
32 Agricultural Programming 2
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Stanislaus County Fair - Class 3 - Adrenna Alkhas

Division Place
18 New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program 1
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Trinity County Fair - Class 1 - Mike Fillette

Division Place
07 Fair Logo Contest 2
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 1
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Ventura County Fair - Class 3 - James Lockwood

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 2
01 Television Advertising-1b Television Ad Series 1
03 Website - Fairtime Website 2
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 1
09 Any Other Advertising Piece 3
11 Fairtime Commemorative Poster 2
14 Social Media Campaign 2
21 Sponsorship 1
26 Interim Events 1
31 Guest Services 1
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Washington County Fair, OR - Class 2 - Lisa DuPre

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 1
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Washington State Fair - Class 4 - Kayla Thomas

Division Place
01 Television Advertising -1a Single Television Ad 2
01 Television Advertising-1b Television Ad Series 1
02 Radio Advertising - 3a. Single Radio 2
02 Radio Advertising - 3b. Radio Ad Series 2
03 Website - Fairtime Website 1
04 Newspaper Ad - Black and White or Color 1
05 Magazine Ad 3
06 Outdoor Advertising 3
08 Give it your Best Shot 3
10 Fairtime Advertising Poster 2
14 Social Media Campaign 3
15 Digital Advertising -15a Single ad (screenshot) 2
16 Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy/Concept 1
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Yuma Fair - Class 3 - June Melton

Division Place
13 Fair Program/Schedule 3
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