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Stanislaus County Fair receives international recognition
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The empowHER Lounge, featured at the 2016 Stanislaus County Fair, received two awards of recognition from both the Western Fairs Association and International Association of Fairs and Expositions. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Stanislaus County Fair recently took home a surplus of awards from two renowned associations, once again receiving recognition for the variety of exhibits and entertainment it offers the area annually.

The fair received eight awards — four first place, two second place and one third place — from the Western Fairs Association, a non-profit trade association serving the fair industry throughout 14 Western United States and Canada cities.

The new “empowerHER Lounge” took home first place for New Featured Exhibit. The lounge, geared toward inspiring young girls to be great leaders, focused on giving young females the confidence to be themselves through workshops, as well as giving them the skills needed to empower others. The Stanislaus County Fair also received first place awards from WFA for Television Advertising, Online Advertising and New Innovative Use of Technology, which focused on social media efforts through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and more.

“The Stanislaus County Fair staff prides itself in creating innovative experiences for our guests,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Fair. “The board members, staff, sponsors and volunteers strive to produce an exceptional fair year after year.”

Other awards from WFA for the fair included second place recognition for Printed Newsletter and Mobile Marketing, as well as a third place award for the category Any Other Video Used To Promote Your Fair.

In addition to the awards received from WFA, the Stanislaus County Fair also received three awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. The purpose of the IAFE competition is to improve the advertising and publicity programs of fairs, all while providing recognition for those doing an outstanding job. The IAFE is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving over 1,200 state, provincial, regional and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions and expositions.

From the IAFE, the fair won Best Sponsorship Continuity for its “Make your imprint count” Lowe’s Make ‘n Take projects, where children were able to create their own potted plants. The fair’s television commercial also took home the award for Outstanding Television, and the “empowHER Lounge” was recognized once more for Best Division Innovation in Sponsorship.

“We take immense pride in having a fair that is not only community driven, but produces outstanding entertainment,” said Alkhas. “I am also happy that the empowHER Lounge received international recognition, as this lounge was created with young females in mind and creating a space where we can harness leaders who are confident, kind, humble, yet strong enough to withstand the pressures of society.” 

This year, fair guests can enjoy the award-winning atmosphere beginning on July 14, when the 2017 Stanislaus County Fair opens for a 10-day run. The 2017 fair will feature a children’s area presented by Sky Trek Aviation, an upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals.

Discounted Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and the Fair season pass will be on sale beginning April 29.  Corporate ticket sales will also be available to purchase at a highly discounted rate.  Visit the Fair’s website for upcoming ticket sale information at