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Stanislaus County Fair recognized for innovation, use of technology
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The Stanislaus County Fair won first place in the New Featured Event, Exhibit, or Program category of the Western Fairs Association awards for its Mommy and Me Lounge. - photo by Photo Contributed

For over 100 years, locals have looked forward to the Stanislaus County Fair as one of Turlock’s most anticipated summertime events filled with crowd-pleasing music, thrill-seeking fun and, of course, deep fried food.

Two external organizations, namely the Western Fairs Association and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, believe that the aforementioned enticing Fair events would not be made possible if it were not for all the hard work that Fair organizers continuously put in year after year—and it is because of this that they have officially recognized the Fair with a multitude of awards.

 “The Stanislaus County Fair board members, staff, sponsors and volunteers strive to produce an outstanding fair year after year,” said spokesperson Adrenna Alkhas. “This year will mark the 104th year that the Stanislaus County Fair has been present in Turlock and we take great pride in having a fair that is not only community driven, but produces outstanding entertainment.”

This year, WFA awarded the Stanislaus County Fair three first place awards, one of which was Best Website for and Other Fair/Facility Website for the Fair’s interactive Kids Club website that educates children about agriculture.

Additionally, the Fair won the first place award for its Mommy and Me Lounge. Under the category Best New Featured Event, Exhibit, or Program, this lounge was implemented with the help of Emanuel Medical Center in order to create a family-friendly children’s area where guests were able to nurse, change and feed babies.

As if three first place awards were not impressive enough, the Fair also earned five second place recognitions, including Best Outdoor Advertising for the Fair’s billboard sign on Highway 99, E-blast, Other Advertising Piece for its coupon book distributed at FoodMaxx stores, Best Fairtime Program/Schedule, and Best Sponsorship for its partnership with Modesto Toyota.

The Fair also won a third place award in Best New Innovative Use of Technology for its social media outreach on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

The WFA was not the only organization to formally honor the Fair for its efforts, as the IAFE presented an Award of Distinction for Communication for the Best Single Sponsorship Activation at a Fair. This award recognizes Fair organizations that demonstrate excellence in sponsorship activation and execution.

Both nonprofit organizations, the WFA is a trade association serving the fair industry throughout 14 western states and Canada and the IAFE is a voluntary corporation serving state, provincial, regional and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions and expositions.

The 2015 Stanislaus County Fair is slated to open on July 10 for a 10-day run. Discounted admission tickets, ride wristbands, and the Fair season pass are scheduled to go on sale beginning on May 2. For more information, visit