The results are in and the Stanislaus County Fair brings home the gold.
During a January conference of the Western Fairs Association, the Stanislaus County Fair was honored at the organization’s annual awards banquet. The Fair was recognized with 13 awards total, namely first place awards for its exceptional company picnic program as well as its community outreach program, Special Day for Special People. In addition, a photograph captured during the 2008 fair by Julie Rose from Mattos Newspapers also garnered a first place award in the “Give It Your Best Shot” (Agriculture or Exhibits) category. And a news photo captured by Modesto Bee photographer, Bart Ah You, brought back a first place award.
The Western Fairs Association is a professional non-profit trade association serving the fair industry throughout 14 western United States, Canada and British Columbia. Its 86th Annual Convention and Trade Show was held in Reno, Nevada.
The Stanislaus County Fair’s award winning company picnics program had its debut in 2008 with great response. Companies can now host their corporate events and group gatherings during the 10-days of the fair at the fair’s special picnic tent with a catered meal and other great picnic options.
Fair officials are already booking company picnic dates for this summer. For information about the award-winning company picnic program contact Diane Coryell at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (209) 667-7024. Picnic package details can also be found on the fair’s website at www.stancofair.com.
Also recognized, Special Day for Special People is a complimentary event held during the annual run of the fair, especially for physically and developmentally challenged children and adults. The free event features complimentary carnival rides, a hosted lunch, easy access to many of the fair’s fine exhibits, as well as fun entertainment.
Special Day for Special People was the brainchild of Dick Swan, then a 38-year old, part-time special events director. Swan’s initial interest in the event came from the involvement of his mother, Lyla Swan, who had worked for many years with the county’s special needs children.
In 1996, Carole Swan started as key event volunteer, serving with event founder Dick Swan. In 2002, she became the event organizer. Together, the Swans work for months in advance preparing for Special Day
“What started 23 years ago from the heart of man who wanted to help others has become an annual Stanislaus County Fair tradition for a community of very special people,” said Tony Leo, chief executive officer of the Stanislaus County Fair. “It’s a great honor to receive these awards,” said Leo. “The Stanislaus County Fair staff and volunteers, as well as members of the local media who cover our fair, have common goals—professionalism and excellence.
Plans are well underway for the 2009 fair. To receive fair announcements by text message, text the word “FAIR” to 47645. Fair enthusiasts can also follow how the 2009 fair is developing at www.Twitter/stancofair.com, In addition, you can find fair news at www.facebook.com by searching for ‘Stanislaus Fair.’ Fair news and event listings are also available at visit MySpace.com/stancofair. Detailed information about the 2009 Stanislaus County Fair is on the fair’s website at www.stancofair.com.
The Stanislaus County Fair is now in its 98th year. The 2009 fair opens Friday, July 31, 2009, for a 10-day celebration of Stanislaus County’s rich agricultural heritage. The theme of this year’s fair, “Renewable Fun,” encourages both adults and children to appreciate the blending of tradition with innovation in order to preserve our environment while enjoying its abundance.
The mission of the Stanislaus County Fair is to provide a family and community oriented experience promoting agriculture, entertainment and technology. For more information about the Stanislaus County Fair log onto its website at