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2018 San Diego County Fair claims 14 IAFE awards

Released: November 28, 2018

DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2018) – The 2018 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, claimed 14 awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) during the IAFE’s annual convention and trade show awards ceremony today in San Antonio, Texas.replica watches uk The numerous accolades garnered illustrate San Diego County Fair’s innovative spirit and leadership throughout the fair industry internationally.
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“We make it our mission each year to put on the best Fair possible,” said Tim Fennell, CEO of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “We are honored to receive this level of recognition from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.”

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

The following 2018 honors were awarded to the San Diego County Fair (in Division 5):

First place wins:
- Use of the “How Sweet It Is” theme throughout multiple divisions of competitive exhibits
- Unicorn Food Contest for best contest
- Home and Hobby Make-and-Take Station to increase awareness of competitive exhibits

Second place wins:
- Live feeding demonstrations at livestock shows demonstrating innovative use of technology to benefit agriculture program
- Photo depicting horticulture/crops
- Addition of “special event” division which featured the solar eclipse in 2018 as a new division of non-animal competitive exhibits
- Home & Hobby Focus Groups featured as a method to attract new competitive exhibitors
- Single brochure/flyer: General Fair information trifold
- Printed promotional material: 70-page 2018 Fair Guide
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Third place wins:
- Procedure developed by Fair management to correct an issue or challenge: Pulling the Industrial Agriculture Mechanics from the Student Showcase and creating a new section for it in Livestock
- Educational exhibit about a current agriculture or Fair industry challenge:replicas de relojes Healthy Fair Initiative
- New video cube to display digital entries in competitive exhibits
- Photo of a general display (non-animal): Family pictured in the theme exhibit
- Newspaper ad (color): Livestock ad


The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces three events each year: the San Diego County Fair,replicas relojes the Del Mar National Horse Show and The Scream Zone. The Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horse racing meet each summer and fall, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information about the 2019 San Diego County Fair, visit For general Del Mar Fairgrounds information, visit

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