Awards Recognition

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IAFE Awards

The Missouri State Fair celebrated many honors at the 2020 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Convention. The Missouri State Fair was recognized for programs in sponsorship, competitive exhibits, agriculture education, and communications. The Missouri State Fair is judged alongside other IAFE members of similar size, ranging in attendance from 250,000 to 500,000.

AGRICULTURE AWARDS Sponsored by ShoWorks

OVERALL JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARD – Top award honored by agriculture awards judges for all categories

Missouri State Fair Foundation First-Time Exhibitor Grant Program

1st Place Wins

Partnership with outside groups/businesses – Cattle barn bedding pilot project

Innovative ways technology was used within agriculture – #LilBart social media campaign

Any other agriculture program, exhibit or outreach – MSFF First-time exhibitor grant program

2nd Place Wins

Agriculture education during COVID-19 – Video  – MSFF Read to Win program

Any other agriculture program, exhibit or outreach – MDA State Fair Stories

3rd Place Wins

Correcting a COVID-19 related issue or challenge – Additional swine scales help with social distancing in Swine Barn

Innovative ways technology was used within agriculture – Sale of Champions online viewing/bidding with LiveAuction.tv

COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS Sponsored by North American Midway

1st Place Wins

Virtual Demonstration – Missouri 4-H Virtual State Fair Demonstrations on Facebook

Strategy or Tactic to Engage Competitive Exhibits Participants – Missouri 4-H Best of Show

INNOVATION IN SPONSORSHIP Sponsored by Etix

2nd Place Win

Sponsor Communication – Overall sponsor communication process through COVID-19

3rd Place Win

New Sponsor Outreach – Sponsorship with NUCOR Steel Sedalia

HALL OF HONOR COMMUNICATIONS Sponsored by K&K Insurance

1st Place Wins

Single photo of Fairgrounds being used to serve the community – Little Library at the Trails End Plaza

Budget Friendly Tactics – Overview of the ways the Fair saved money on advertising due to COVID-19

3rd Place Wins

Single photo of Fairgrounds being used to serve the community – COVID-19 testing in the Swine Barn

Communications to fairgoers about status of the 2020 Fair – Overview of how the MSF communicated with fairgoers during the spring/summer months

NON-FAIR FACILITY USAGE Sponsored by Ungerboeck Software

1st Place Wins

Facility Beautification Project – Sheep Pavilion renovations

Creative Funding for Facility Project(s) – Sponsorship with NUCOR Steel Sedalia

3rd Place Win

Facility Beautification Project – Legacy Plaza