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Georgia National Fair wins awards,recognition


By GNF Press Release

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The Georgia National Fair received three Awards of Excellence for its agricultural and competitive exhibits programs from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). In addition, the Fair earned three other awards during the annual IAFE convention. This marks the 15th consecutive year the Georgia National Fair has been designated an award-winning fair. Since 1992, the Georgia National Fair has won a total of 69 IAFE awards for its agricultural, competitive exhibits, and communications programs.

The Fair also was designated a Top 50 Fair by With an attendance of 431,499, the Georgia National Fair ranked #44; up six slots from last year's ranking. Reithoffer Shows ranked #7 for Carnivals Playing the Top 50 Fairs with total attendance of 1,802,636 at four fairs.

Agricultural Awards of Excellence
* Overall Program for the Nonagricultural Fairgoing Public

Agricultural Awards Second Place
* Overall Program for Competitive Agricultural Exhibitors
* Video of a Special Event for Exhibitors or Fairgoers (Poultry World)

Agricultural Awards Third Place
* Fair Agriculture Photo (Bo Peep Costume Contest)

Competitive Exhibits Contest Awards of Excellence
* Competitive Exhibits Display Method and/or Prop
* New or Unique Strategy to Increase the Number of Competitive Exhibitors or Attract New Competitive Exhibitors

"I congratulate the entire staff for its team effort to develop and present agricultural programs for exhibitors and the general public," Froehlich said. "These awards reflect the Fair's ongoing commitment to agriculture, education, and youth," he added.

There are a total of 14 Agriculture Award categories each divided into five divisions. The Georgia National Fair competed against other fairs whose annual attendance ranged from 250,001 to 500,000. The IAFE has a membership of over 3,200 from around the globe. The Agricultural Awards are sponsored by John Deere.

The Georgia National Fair has been designated a Southeast Tourism Society "Top 20 Event for October" 10 times (1991, 1996, 1997, 2000 - 2006). The Fair has received one "Special Events Directory and Events Business News Top 200 Event" award. In 2002, the Fair was designated one of Southern Living magazine's "Our Best 202 Things About the South First-Prize Fair."

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