Nebraska State Fair Receives International Awards Recognition

GRAND ISLAND, NE—The Nebraska State Fair and 1868 Foundation received a number of awards during the recent International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) convention in Las Vegas. One of two 1st place division bowls received was for use of the “Bumper Crop of Fun” theme throughout competitive/open class exhibits. According to Nebraska State Fair facilities director, Jaime Parr, “2014 was a great year for competitive exhibits to shine with their participation in utilizing the theme, which helped in tying every aspect of the fair together. They showed imagination and a lot of creativity in how the various departments branded their exhibits. Those participating were 4-H, Ag Products, Education, FFA, Hay Bales, Horticulture, Photography and the Window Display Contest.”

The other 1st place division bowl was given for the University of Nebraska’s Raising Nebraska exhibit which took top honors in its division for the best overall agricultural exhibit. The exhibit was also recognized with a first place award in the category for best new exhibit designed to promote agriculture.

The Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation picked up a second place award for unique merchandise and souvenirs. Lindsey Koepke, executive director of the 1868 Foundation said, “This is our first year in participating in the awards. We submitted an array of items that can be found during the fair in the 1868 Foundation Gift Shop. Obviously, our gifts and souvenirs are as popular internationally as they are to our own fairgoers.”

According to State Fair executive director, Joseph McDermott, “winning international awards has been on the upswing in recent years. We’re very proud of what we offer Nebraskan’s every year, and I think these awards are a testament to our doing things right.”

In addition, the Nebraska State Fair won three additional 2nd place awards, and three 3rd place awards during the competition.

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.