The award winning Stanislaus County Fair was recognized once again with five awards by the Western Fairs Association (WFA).
During a January conference of the WFA, the Stanislaus County Fair was honored at the organization’s annual awards banquet. The Fair was honored with four first place awards and one second place award for their exceptional programs, exhibits, and promotions.
“It’s a great honor to receive these awards,” said Tony Leo, interim chief executive officer of the Stanislaus County Fair. “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.”
The WFA is a professional non-profit trade association serving the fair industry throughout 14 Western United States, Canada and British Columbia. Its 87th Annual Convention and Trade Show was held in Reno, Nevada.
The WFA honored the Stanislaus County Fair with first place awards in the following categories:
Generational Marketing: 55+ Relaxation Station sponsored by Covenant Village of Turlock, an indoor gathering place where seniors could take a break from walking the fair, enjoy entertainment, cool down from the summer weather, and even expand their knowledge on senior-related topics.
Innovative Marketing: Stash of Cash radio promotion with KHOP @ 95.1 and Mocse Credit Union.
Our Best New Idea This Year, Marketing: Park ‘n Ride (shuttle program), Fair patrons parked for free at the University and/or Pitman High School and rode free to and from the Stanislaus County Fair’s historic Arch Gate entrance.
Viral Video: Rainforest Adventure Video
The Stanislaus County Fair’s second place award was in the following category:
New Featured Exhibit: Rainforest Adventure Exhibit sponsored by Sky Trek Aviation, which transformed an 8,000 square foot cement slab into the Rainforest Adventure—a multisensory, interactive exhibit that was included with admission. In the exhibit, fair guests of all ages could see a sloth, take a break with the kinkajous, congregate with the chameleons, and peek at a porcupine. The toucans, anacondas, snapping turtles and geckos were there too. The exhibit also featured 20-minute Rainforest Animal Shows, featuring a Capuchin monkey and all of his rainforest bird and reptile friends. The Rainforest Animal Shows were sponsored by Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital.
The 2010 Stanislaus County Fair opens Friday, July 16 for a 10-day run. Discounted Fair admission tickets and unlimited ride wristbands will go on sale Saturday, May 1, 2010 or visit the Fair’s website for complete ticket sales details at www.stancofair.com.
The 2010 fair theme is “Flavors of the Valley.” The theme will highlight food and beverage products that are processed in the Central Valley. The 2010 Fair will also feature the highly-popular Rainforest Adventure, sponsored by Sky Trek Aviation, which debuted in 2009. Also planned for 2010 are ten nights of free concerts on the Budweiser Variety Free Stage that are included with admission, nightly metal-mashing motorsports in the FoodMaxx Arena, five stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals.