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: