December 2012

State Fair of WV and S.J. Neathawk Celebrate 3rd Year for Youth Leadership Council

LEWISBURG, WV (12/17/2012)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia in partnership with S.J. Neathawk Lumber is excited to celebrate the third year of their partnership with the Youth Leadership Council. According to State Fair Special Events Concessions manager, Randi Nikolas, “We’ve truly enjoyed working with the participants from the past two years and are pleased that S.J. Neathawk Lumber has continued their support in this very important effort. Our goal is to further engage our state’s youth in the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment and education while broadening their leadership and organizational skills. S.J. Neathawk is a family run company that has a strong history of supporting youth and this is their way of ensuring strong youth leaders for the future.”

Council members are expected to complete a minimum number of volunteer hours that tie into the preparation and execution of the annual fair, develop programs and events that promote the State Fair Endowment as well as to challenge their leadership and organizational skills. Youth Council members will also have opportunities to be involved in promotional events that support the fair throughout the year. The 2012 Fair, saw Youth Council members supporting the State Fair Endowment by serving in the WV Building as they sold freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Plans are in place to grow the program and to further engage Youth Council members.

The Youth Leadership Council is open to youth ages 16 through 21 and members are selected through an application and interview process. There are six available seats that serve a one-year term. Applications can be found at statefairofwv.com or by phoning the State Fair at 304-645-1090. The application deadline for 2013 is January 18th.

The State Fair of West Virginia, with an $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the State of West Virginia, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com.

State Fair Receives International Recognition

LEWISBURG, WV (12/07/2012)(readMedia)– The State Fair of West Virginia has received three top awards in the IAFE’s annual industry wide communications awards contest, the purpose of which is to improve the advertising and publicity programs of fairs and to provide recognition for those fairs doing an outstanding job. Awards were received in the following categories:

  • First Place – Poster (Artwork created by local graphic artist Matt Landers)
  • First Place – Best Promotional Event (The State Fair’s Fun First Endowment Fundraiser)
  • First Place – Innovative and Best Executed Sponsorship (For the Hometown RV Village)

“This is a very important competition and to leave the convention with three First Place awards was a great feeling! Budget constraints mean we have to be extremely resourceful with our marketing budget and creativity is the name of the game!” stated Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, CEO. There are a total of twenty-six award categories for the Communications Awards, each divided into 5 divisions by attendance, that a Fair or Expo can enter. The entries are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders. These individuals are selected from the membership of International Association of Fairs and Expositions, which has over 1,200 members from around the globe. The awards were presented during the Awards Reception on November 28, 2012, during the 122nd annual IAFE Convention held in Las
Vegas, Nevada. These awards are sponsored by KK Insurance.

The State Fair of West Virginia, with an $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the State of West Virginia, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com.

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