County of Marin - News Releases - 2014 Fair Awards

For Immediate Release
January 21, 2015

The Happiest and Most Award-Winning Fair on Earth

Western Fairs Association bestows 38 awards on Marin event

San Rafael, CA – A longtime favorite of Marin and greater Bay Area residents, the Marin County Fair has once again earned top recognition at the Western Fairs Association Annual Achievement Awards program.

Looking at the 2014 Fair themed the "Happiest Fair on Earth" from across the lagoon

The 2014 Marin County Fair, themed “The Happiest Fair on Earth,” captured 38 individual achievement awards, making it the most award-winning fair out of the 50 county fairs that were entered in the 2014 awards. The “The Happiest Fair on Earth” also surpassed its predecessor: the 2013 “Schools Rule!” themed fair received 31 awards from the Association.

Nineteen of this year’s awards were first places, and four of the first places received the additional honor of Best Overall in their category. The fair also took home 11 second place, and eight third place awards. (See the full list of awards below.)

The four, dual First Place and Best Overall winners were:
  • Electronic Newsletter
  • Newsletter / E-blast
  • Give it your Best Shot Photo taken by the Marin IJ’s Scott Manchester
  • Fairtime Program / Schedule

The multitude of awards this year is especially gratifying considering the fair’s continued commitment to uphold the title of “The Greenest County fair on Earth”—first bestowed in 2008.

“The Marin County Fair is truly a national model for the fair industry on how to merge both leading-edge environmental goals and family friendly entertainment,” said Fair Exhibits Supervisor Charlie Barboni.

So what’s next for the happiest, most award-winning, and greenest fair on Earth? A continuation of innovation, excellence, and fun-filled favorites in the 2015 fair: On With The Show!

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2014 Western Fairs Association Achievement Awards

Electronic Newsletter

First Place & Best Overall

Newsletter/E-blast - Printed Newsletter

First Place & Best Overall

Give it your Best Shot Photo by Scott Manchester

First Place & Best Overall

Fairtime Program/Schedule

First Place & Best Overall

Radio Advertising - Single Radio Ad

First Place

Radio Advertising - Radio Ad Series

First Place

E-blasts

First Place

Fairtime Innovative Marketing Strategy or Concept

First Place

Second Fair/Fairgrounds -Sponsored Event Concept

First Place

Exhibit - Display Method or Prop

First Place

New Conservation Program or Being Green

First Place

Sponsorship Program

First Place

New Agricultural Program

First Place

Use of Fairs Theme Throughout Competitive Exhibits

First Place

Volunteer Program

First Place

Interim Events

First Place

Non-Profits - Outside Collaboration

First Place

Consumer Protection

First Place

Any Other Fair/Facility Website

Second Place

Newspaper Advertising

Second Place

Any Other Advertising Piece

Second Place

Fairtime Commemorative Poster

Second Place

Newspaper Ad

Second Place

Any Other Advertising Piece

Second Place

Fairtime Commemorative Poster

Second Place

Interim Event Rentals Strategy or Concept

Second Place

Employee Recognition, Retention or Hiring

Second Place

New Innovative Use of Technology

Second Place

New Community Outreach Program

Second Place

Theme Program

Second Place

Inspiring Collaborations

Second Place

California State Parks Collaboration - Competition

Second Place

Television Advertising - Single Ad

Third Place

Viral or Video Documentation   

Third Place

Fairtime Website

Third Place

Outdoor Advertising

Third Place

Magazine Ad

Third Place

Exhibits - Competition

Third Place

New Featured Event, Exhibit or Program

Third Place

New Children’s Program

Third Place


Contact:

Gabriella C. Calicchio
Director
Department of Cultural Services

Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6400
Email: Gabriella C. Calicchio
Cultural Services Website