Feb. 8, 2013 — Long after the rides come down and the exhibit halls clear, fairs across the world are judged on the experience they provide visitors, including pre-fair promotions, exhibit display methods and everything in between. In 2012, the Cabarrus County Fair celebrated its 60th anniversary. It was an event nothing short of spectacular and the fair’s organizers have the awards to prove it.
The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) awarded the Cabarrus County Fair 21 international awards, including seven Agricultural Awards, two Competitive Exhibit Awards and 11 Hall of Honor Communication Awards. The North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs (NCAOAF) awarded Cabarrus the Commissioner of Agriculture Award and the Media Award.
“We are honored and proud to receive international and statewide recognition from our peers,” said Kate Sharpe, fair and events director for Cabarrus County. “The Cabarrus County Fair strives to create new industry standards, always focusing on an exceptional family-centered experience that is fun and educational for all ages. Our team puts on a great production and that’s no secret.”
In 2012, the Cabarrus County Fair featured over forty rides, a wide selection of vendors and dedicated local volunteers who ranged in age from high school students to ninety year olds. The volunteers contributed nearly 2,000 hours of service to make the fair a success. Other successes included the unique educational and interactive experiences offered to visitors in the main buildings. Children were able to participate in a scavenger hunt that explored the various exhibits, milk a real cow, and have hands-on fun through dozens of other contests and activities related to agriculture.
The 2013 Cabarrus County Fair will take place September 6-14 at the Cabarrus County Arena and Events Center.