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County fair wins two state awards

County fair wins two state awards

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2010 8:52 pm

The Obion County Fair was recently recognized on the state level.
The local fair won first runner-up in Division AA behind Lincoln County Fair in Fayetteville for its 2009 edition. It also placed third for its Web site.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens recently presented awards to 57 of the state’s top county agricultural fairs. They were recognized with the Merit Award for outstanding achievement during the 2009 fair season. More than 900 people attended the Fairs Merit Awards recognition dinner at the 88th Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs convention held in January in Nashville. 
The top award went to the Dyer County Fair in Dyersburg when it was named the Champion of Champions Fair for 2009. The Dyer County Fair was also recognized by TDA and TAF president Bill Phillips, with the “Award of Merit” based on overall operations, educational value and promotion of local interest in agriculture and community spirit.
“Fairs are a valuable part of the agricultural industry by showcasing the best our farms and agribusinesses have to offer,” said Givens. “Our Tennessee fairs have a positive economic impact on local economies as well as the agriculture contributions and education that they provide to visitors.” 
The annual awards are sponsored by TDA and TAF, the state organization representing Tennessee’s fair industry. 
In 2009, almost three million visitors attended county and regional agricultural fairs in Tennessee. Fairs in Tennessee generated more than $11 million in gross receipts last year. More than 13,000 volunteers from 62 fairs in the state devoted time and energy to fairs which had approximately 37,000 agricultural exhibitors showcasing livestock, farm crops and other agricultural exhibits.  
The 12th Annual Fair Showcase competition, another competition held during the convention, consisted of 397 entries in 42 categories. Fairs competed for prize money, trophies and ribbons sponsored by the TDA and TAF. Categories ranged from fair catalogs, Web sites and educational displays to fair shirts, posters, scrapbooks, creative ideas and table-top exhibits. To see a list of these winners, visit www.picktnproducts.org or www.tennesseefairs.com. 
For information on 2010 Tennessee fair dates, visit www.picktnproducts.org.
Published in The Messenger 2.5.10

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