Del Mar Fairgrounds Claims 14 Industry Awards

Published On: January 20th, 2021 | Categories: Agriculture, Education |

The fair industry managed to overcome the challenges of 2020 to come together (in all kinds of creative, masked and virtual ways) to celebrate agriculture, industry and community spirit.

Trade industry associations International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE) and Western Fairs Association (WFA) each continued to offer their awards programs, and while class offerings were reduced, new catagories honored special challenges overcome in the events industry this year.

The team at the Del Mar Fairgrounds earned accolades from their peers for both online offerings like the virtural Junior Livestock Show and Auction and competitive beer and wine competitions, as well as the in-person drive-thru events, Fair Food Fix and the Scream Zone. Partnering with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to distribute food to more than 1,000 local families gained applause as a worthy community outreach effort. Here’s the full list of awards and honors:


1st Place Virtual Demonstration Plant, Grow, Eat
2nd Place Additional Competitive Exhibits Measures Taken Virtual Home Wine Awards
3rd Place Correcting a COVID-19 Related Issue or Challenge, Agriculture Virtual Junior Livestock Show and Auction
3rd Place Innovative Ways Technology Was Used Within Agriculture Ringside with the Judges
3rd Place Agriculture Education During COVID-19 Plant, Grow, Eat video


Judges’ Choice & 1st Place “Give It Your Best Shot” Photo Contest The Scream Zone
1st Place Virtual Online Contest San Diego International Beer Competition
1st Place Virtual Auctions Virtual Junior Livestock Show and Auction
1st Place Drive-Through Food Events Fair Food Fix
1st Place Drive-In Entertainment The Scream Zone
1st Place “Give It Your Best Shot” Photo Contest Fair Food Fix
2nd Place Virtual Fair Youth Programs
2nd Place Community Outreach San Diego Food Bank Food Distribution Event

The Western Fairs Association, founded in 1922 and incorporated in 1945, is a nonprofit trade association serving the fair industry throughout the western United States and Canada.

The IAFE represents more than 1,100 fairs throughout the world and promotes the development and improvement of agricultural fairs, shows and expositions.

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