Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ISF receives high praise!

“And the Oscar goes to…”

Isn’t that momentary pause always exciting? Everyone waiting to see if it’s going to be Johhny Depp or Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep or Julia Roberts.

Well, state fairs recently had plenty of that kind of excitement as they held their version of the Academy Awards at the 119th International Association of Fairs and Expos annual convention, and it turned out to be a banner year for the Indiana State Fair.

Our fair received 13 awards for the 2009 fair (the most we’ve ever won), including the prestigious “Best of Show” award in communications, which basically means that our fair had the best communications campaign of any fair anywhere! Thanks goes to all the wonderful people who help put together the fair’s programming and communications with special recognition to Asher Agency in Ft. Wayne for all its creative help.

It’s really not like us to toot our own horn, but this is something we are all really proud of and we really appreciate the recognition from the IAFE. We take our role as an industry leader seriously, and we hope that all Hoosiers take pride in knowing that we can host as great an event as anyone.

One other significant note from the convention is the installation of Cindy Hoye, our executive director (in the center of the photo receiving our awards), as the new IAFE Chair. It is a well deserved honor after more than two decades of dedicated service to the fair industry.

Good luck, Cindy. We know you will represent Indiana and the IAFE well. We’re very proud!

Submitted by Andy Klotz

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