The Franklin County Agricultural Fair won five first-place blue ribbons and two Best in Show titles at the 99th annual conference of the Virginia Association of Fairs in Hot Springs last month.
The local fair competed against a number of longer-running, more established events in the 7,000 and under (attendance).
The conference included the annual Communication Awards program, where fairs from all over Virginia competed for recognition of exemplary efforts. A total of 257 exhibitions were entered for the competition.
The Franklin County Ag Fair received awards in five of the seven categories in which it submitted entries. The fair earned first-place awards in the categories of Billboard, Fair Map, Tabloid, Theme, and Web Advertisement. The fair received Best of Show in the categories of Fair Map and Billboard.
The fair worked with a number of local businesses in the development of fair collateral, including the fair logo, which was created by Giant Step Design, Tabloid development and production by The Franklin News-Post, Web Ad design by the Roanoke Times, and Billboard design by Lamar Advertising Company.
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Those attending the conference from Franklin County included Reba Dillon, Luci Thomas, Diane Cannaday, Carol Haynes, Jared Cypher, and David Rotenizer.
“It is truly gratifying that the hard work of the fair committee was recognized by a statewide organization. As the Franklin County Agricultural Fair continues to mature and expand, we hope that the accolades will continue to pour in,” said Mike Burnette, chairman of the 2015 Fair and Franklin County director of economic development
The 2016 Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be held Sept. 14-17 at Franklin County Recreation Park in Rocky Mount. Those interested in participating in the event or food/merchandise vendor opportunities should call (540) 483-3030 or send an email to Info@FCAgFair.org. David Rotenizer is the 2016 Fair Chairman. To learn more about the fair, visit FCAgFair.com or Facebook.com/FCAgFair.