Merced fair wins two national Awards of Excellence
12/02/2010 11:34 AM
12/02/2010 11:35 AM
The Merced County Fair received two first place Agricultural Awards of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, headquartered in Springfield, Mo.
The fair’s “Wetlands, Water & Wildlife” feature exhibit took first place honors in the “Green Program” category for fairs with up to 100,000 in attendance. The exhibit showcased the thousands of acres of grasslands and wetlands in western Merced County used for farming, wildlife conservation and preservation, with an emphasis on what agriculture is doing to enhance conservation efforts.
The interactive exhibit gave fairgoers the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the grasslands and wetlands to show the impact of this major migratory stop for birds.
The fair also won first place in the “Special Agricultural Exhibit for the Fairgoing Public” category for “Mr. Duck’s Wild Ride, A Wetland Odyssey.” This exhibit was a Rube Goldberg-like contraption designed to be a fun way to interpret the fair’s theme and the importance of water in the San Joaquin Valley.
The 2010 Agricultural Awards of Excellence are sponsored by John Deere. There are a total of 13 Agricultural Award categories which are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders. The awards were presented during the IAFE Agricultural Awards Breakfast on Nov. 30 during the 119th annual convention in Las Vegas. -- Carol Reiter
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.