Chowan Fair wins state fair awards
By Miles Layton
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/or 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.