Miami-Dade County Youth Fair among best in North America

Miami-Dade County Youth Fair among best in North America

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The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition continues to reap acclaim from its peers by winning 15 awards at the 126th Annual International Association of Fairs and Exposition (IAFE) Convention, including three first-place awards and best in division.

“It is a proud moment for our organization in light that the IAFE awards are highly competitive and that more than 1,100 fairs from across North American, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand are vying for them. With these awards in hand we can clearly state we are among the top fairs internationally, and it’s thanks to our dedicated team for our success,” said Robert Hohenstein, president and CEO.

The highlight for Youth Fair officials was being named best in division for the exhibit category “New or Unique Single Class of Competitive Exhibits.” The award entries were evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders and presented in November at the annual IAFE convention in Las Vegas.

First place awards were handed out for:
– Agricultural Exhibitor Events, Awards, Participation Incentives or Retention Programs
– New or Unique Single Class of Competitive Exhibits
– New or Unique Division of Competitive Exhibits

Second place:
– Agriculture Individual Photo
– Any Other Agriculture Program/Exhibit
– Newspaper Ad – Black & White
– Electronic Newsletter
– Competitive Exhibit Display Photo (Series)

Third place:
– Competitive Agricultural Programs: Snapshot/Overview of Agricultural Program Participation & Trends
– Television
– Newspaper Ad – Color
– Overall Social Media Campaign
– Promotional Event
– Best Marketing Campaign

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition (The Youth Fair) is the largest charity event in South Florida. The not-for-profit association is dedicated to promoting education and agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement and providing quality family entertainment, all without taxpayer dollars.  The annual Youth Fair exhibits more than 58,000 student projects to more than 612,000 Youth Fair guests and awards more than $460,000 annually in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to students. To date, The Youth Fair has presented well over $11 million to the Miami-Dade community.  It received the 2016 Trustee of the Year award from the South Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2016 Diamond Award for Large Non-Profit.  It was recognized in 2015 as the Leisure & Entertainment Services Firm of the Year by the Latin Builder’s Association, the Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and was the Diamond Award Winner for Outstanding Hospitality Entity by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The Fair Exposition Center, which is the second largest convention center in Miami-Dade County, hosts an additional 70 community events each year. Visit or call 305-223-7060.