Rockingham County Fair wins national honor

rock fair awardThe  Rockingham  County  Fair  has  been  selected  to  receive  three  Awards  of   Distinction  from  the  International  Association  of  Fairs  and  Expositions  (IAFE).

Two  of  the  honors  relate  to   excellence  in  agricultural  programs  while  the  other  award  is  for  having  the  best  Fair  website.  The   competition  involved  more  than  1,100  Fairs  around  the  world.

The  awards  were  presented  to  Rockingham  County  Fair  President  Donnie  Liskey  on  December  9,  2014   during  the  124th  annual  IAFE  Convention  in  Las  Vegas.

“It  is  a  great  accomplishment  for  the  Fair  and  the  volunteers  who  helped  pull  this  off,”  said  Liskey.  “Our   commitment  to  agriculture  should  be  obvious  to  all  since  our  theme  this  year  was  ‘2014  -­‐  Year  of  the   Farm  Family.’

Winning  entries  for  the  Rockingham  County  Fair  include:
• 1st  place  -­‐  Overall  Program  for  Competitive  Agricultural  Exhibitors
• 1st  place  –  What  was  newly  established  at  your  Fair  to  promote  agriculture  (2014  poultry   project)
• 1st  place  –  Fair  Website

“We  are  pleased  that  our  organization  has  been  recognized  once  again  by  a  global  organization  for  our   efforts  to  keep  agriculture  at  the  forefront  of  the  Rockingham  County  Fair,”  said  Jeff  Ishee,  gm  of  the   Rockingham  County  Fair  Association.  “Winning  first  place  in  any  competition  is  special,  but  taking  the   top  spot  amongst  this  group  of  esteemed  colleagues  is  a  great  honor.”

Similar-­‐size  Fairs  who  competed  with  the  Rockingham  County  Fair  this  year  in  various  categories  include   the  Arizona  National  Livestock  Show,  the  Canyon  County  Fair  in  Idaho,  the  Adams  County  Fair  in   Colorado,  and  the  Herkimer  County  Fair  in  New  York.

Virginia  Poultry  Federation  President  Hobey  Bauhan  said  he  was  pleased  the  2014  poultry  industry   project  received  national  attention.  “Poultry  is  the  largest  sector  of  Virginia  agriculture,  and  I  commend   Rockingham  County  Fair  Association  for  creating  a  first-­‐class  facility  that  displays  our  industry’s  rich   history  and  how  we  help  feed  the  world  today.”

International  award  competition  is  divided  into  5  divisions  based  on  Fair  attendance.    The  entries  are   evaluated  and  judged  by  a  team  of  industry  leaders.    These  individuals  are  selected  from  the   membership  of  International  Association  of  Fairs  and  Expositions,  which  has  over  1,100  members   around  the  globe.


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