Congratulations to Ovations Fanfare, LP, the recipient of the prestigious Western Fairs Association Barham Award.

“The Ovations team stepped outside of their regular food and beverage role to help capture a unique opportunity for the California State Fair, the Sacramento community and, of course, their own operation,” said WFA President Pat Kress. “This is exactly the type of vision and leadership the Barham Award is designed to recognize.”

Last year, Ovations embarked on a journey with Cal Expo (home of the California State Fair) and the inaugural USL Pro Sacramento Republic soccer team. Negotiations were made, contracts signed and a field was erected on Cal Expo’s property in less than a year. Sacramentans rallied behind the team, filling the seats at every game (even during fair!) and cheering them on to a USL Pro Championship while breaking USL Pro attendance records. The excitement caught the attention of Major League Soccer executives who are considering Sacramento as a home for one of its new MLS franchises.

“As with past recipients, Ovations has raised the bar,” said Gary Barham, Hot Dog on a Stick. “We are pleased to welcome them to the Barham family.”

The Barham Award is presented in honor of Hot Dog on a Stick founder Dave Barham, and recognizes innovation, quality and leadership in the field of service. Ovations will be honored at the Industry Awards Celebration on Wednesday, January 14.