Chowan Fair wins state fair awards


By Miles Layton
Chowan Herald

Friday, January 11, 2019

EDENTON — The Chowan County Re­gional Fair has been en­ter­tain­ing and thrilling thou­sands of fair­go­ers across the re­gion for 72 years.

In recog­ni­tion for its work, the North Carolina As­so­ci­a­tion of Agri­cul­tural Fairs last week awarded a num­ber of awards to the fair’s or­ga­niz­ers.

On Fri­day, the fair won awards for ex­cel­lence in the me­dia, agri­cul­ture and youth cat­e­gories. It also cap­tured the Com­mu­nity All-Star and In­no­va­tion awards as well as the Image award, which is only pre­sented to fairs con­sid­ered the cream of the crop.

“We are def­i­nitely grate­ful for the awards,” said Becky Wilder, vice pres­i­dent of the Chowan County Re­gional Fair As­so­ci­a­tion Board of Direc­tors. “Count­less hours from our many vol­un­teers go into the suc­cess we have had year af­ter year. Win­ning gives us that ex­tra push to go that ex­tra mile the next year. We look for­ward to putting on an­other award win­ning fair in 2019.”

The Chowan County Re­gional Fair was first held in 1947 as the Amer­i­can Le­gion Fair. Since then it’s grown into one of the most re­spected fairs in the state, win­ning nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing the Image Award for best medium-sized fair in North Carolina in 2007. The Chowan fair is spon­sored by the Ed­ward G. Bond Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 40 and op­er­ated by the Chowan County Re­gional Fair As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Image Award is pre­sented to fairs that pro­vide a bal­ance of out­stand­ing agri­cul­tural and youth ex­hibits and dis­plays, live­stock ex­hibits and/‚Äčor live­stock shows, con­tests, en­ter­tain­ment and com­mer­cial dis­plays. To be el­i­gi­ble, fairs must also pro­vide va­ri­ety of foods and a good mid­way.

The Me­dia Award is given to fairs that have the best over­all ad­ver­tis­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions cam­paigns. En­tries are judged on cre­ativ­ity, at­trac­tive­ness, orig­i­nal­ity and over­all ef­fec­tive­ness.

The Agri­cul­ture Award is given to fairs that best show­case agri­cul­ture and the agri­cul­tural her­itage of their area. The fairs are sup­posed to have a num­ber of agri­cul­tural-re­lated com­pet­i­tive ex­hibits and dis­plays. Also, the fairs have agri­cul­tural-re­lated com­mer­cial ex­hibits and in­volve agri­cul­tural agen­cies, agri­cul­tural com­mod­ity groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The Youth Award is given to fairs that best show­case youth and youth ac­tiv­i­ties in their area.

The Com­mu­nity All Star Award is awarded to fairs that have im­pact on their com­mu­nity and the In­no­va­tion Award pays trib­ute to fairs that ex­hibit new in­no­vated ideas.

In ad­di­tion to the fair win­ning awards, Wilder was also elected to the N.C. As­so­ci­a­tion of Agri­cul­tural Fairs Board of Direc­tors.