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A blue ribbon for the Henry County Fair

Dec 21, 2012
Photo by: Submitted photo The Henry County Fair was one of six Iowa county fairs receiving the 2012 Blue Ribbon Fair Award. Pictured from left, Jim Mohr, 2012 Association of Iowa Fair president, Henry County Fair Board members Andrea Wright, Terry McElhinney, Cindy McAllister, Marc Benson, president, Erin Heaton, Ralph Sandeen, Patti Gerling and Matt Leichty.

DES MOINES — The Henry County Fair has won a blue ribbon.

Henry County was one of six county fairs receiving the 2012 Blue Ribbon Fair Award from the board of directors of the Association of Iowa Fairs.

“One member fair in each of the association’s six fair districts in Iowa is presented this award each year,” explained Thomas Barnes, executive director of the association. “The fair that receives this award must have shown progress in providing service to the youth programs in their community, plus show distinguished service to the community in both the fair and non-fair areas. My wife Sue and I have visited the Henry County Fair several times and we found it does indeed serve very well the community as outlined in the guidelines of the award.

“The board of directors of the Association of Iowa Fairs would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the Henry County Fair Board and their spouses for their commitment to the fair and to the fair industry in Iowa,” Barnes added. “We also extend our appreciation to the Henry County Extension Service, 4-H leaders and members, area FFA chapters and to all the many other volunteers who are involved with the fair. They all combined to make the Henry County Fair a Blue Ribbon Fair.”

The Association of Iowa Fairs is the organizational body of the fair industry in Iowa. It has its members the 106 county fairs of Iowa, the Iowa State Fair and over 130 associate members such as carnivals, entertainment agencies, festivals, chambers, concessionaires, special attractions and suppliers of the industry. The members of the association work together to promote and strengthen the fair industry in Iowa.

 

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