County Ag Fair Wins Big at Conference

Posted by: | Posted on: January 27, 2015
Luella McField, Francine Whittaker, and Lynda Tate show off all their awards.

Luella McField, Francine Whittaker, and Lynda Tate show off all their awards.

The Caroline County Agricultural Fair (CCAF) Association gave a strong showing at the Virginia Association of Fairs (VAF) Annual Conference, held Jan. 8-10 at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Rachel Waggie, an avid 4-H Cattle Show Participant at the CCAF, represented the Fair in the VAF Youth Scholarship Contest and won third prize – a $1,000 scholarship.

Another Conference highlight is the Annual Communication Awards Competition, which allows Fairs from around the Commonwealth to showcase their advertising efforts from the previous year.

Fairs compete in one of three divisions, according to annual attendance. The CCA Fair, who hosted over 10,000 fairgoers in 2014, is in Division 2: fairs with attendance of 7,000 – 30,000. The Fair entered 19 of the 24 categories, and brought home 15 ribbons – including two Best of Show. CCAF results (with credits) are as follows:

First Place:


Brochure (Lynda Tate)

Fair Map (Dawn Haun, The Caroline Progress & Lynda Tate)

Fair Scrapbook** (Luella McField)

Flyer* (Lynda Tate)

Newspaper Advertisement – B&W* (Lynda Tate)

Tabloid (Fair Booklet) (Dawn Haun, The Caroline Progress & Lynda Tate)

Television Interview** – CCAF was represented by Association President, Francine Whittaker, on two different local TV programs in July 2014 – Virginia This Morning, CBS6, and 12 About Town, NBC12!  (Media edited for contest by Lynda Tate)

Second Place

Magazine Advertisement* (Lynda Tate)

Magazine Article*

Theme (Francine Whittaker)

Web Advertisement*

Third Place

Promotional Merchandise

*New awards category in 2015

**The Fair Scrapbook and the Television Interview also won Best of Show! This was a new prize in which all divisions compete together in each category.

Attendees representing the CCAF were Wick & Debra Coleman, Luella McField, Francine W. Whittaker, Macine Williams, and Mack & Debbie Wright.

The Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association is busy making plans for the coming season – so mark your calendar for Fair Time, July 8 – 11, 2015.

The CCA Fair Association also hosted a Winter Judging School at the Annual Conference.  Headed by Home Goods Chairman, Macine Williams, the CCA Fair has taken the lead in the state to develop a database of qualified individuals who can judge the varied home goods categories for not only county fairs throughout the Commonwealth, but also the State Fair of Virginia. This was the second winter session held at the conference.

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