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Commissioner's Awards

The Best of the Best

The WSDA Agricultural Fairs Program provides approximately $2 million in financial assistance to agricultural fairs and youth shows each year. The appointed seven-member Fairs Commission assigned Commissioners to visit and evaluate the 66 participant Fairs in the program on a biennial basis. These members are Fair-a-holics, looking for the amazing things that Fairs do, and then shares that information. They also have some important duties including auditing all required reports and information from participating fairs, and verifying that fairs operate in compliance with state law.

One of the greatest joys of the Fair visits, is spending time with the many individuals that come together to make Fairs successful, whether it be professional paid staff, highly committed volunteers or the Fair exhibitor. This is where ideas are shared.

Another joy is the presentation of the Fairs Commissioner's Award. The Fair Commissioner looks for... well, there is absolutely no criteria for the award. Each Commissioner will find an exhibit, area, individual... that best exemplifies what is best about YOUR Fair!

Commissioner Awards

Jim Beck

Ron Crawford

Columbia County Fair-Rose Englebrite and Donna Hanger in the Open and 4-H Still Live Buildings

San Juan County Fair-Still Life Building

Kalama Community Fair- Fair Management Team

Northwest Jr. Livestock Show- Ellen Schmitz, Manager and Board of Directors
Patricia Myers

Terry Nickels

Northeast Washington State Fair-Fiber Building

Larry Nelson
Paul Nimmo
Thurston County Fair
- 4-H Horse Department for their interactive engagement of the general Fair public as well as making a separated area welcoming and easy to findPierce County Fair- Hill & Dale Floral Show for their "ownership" of their assigned area. Members went above and beyond making their floral show area a fun and educational destination on the grounds.
State FFA Exhibition- Awarded to the Rainier FFA Chapter for their continuity in education and decorations in all their animal areas at the fair. No matter what species area, the herdsmanship was very well done.
Tim Schneider

Spring Fair - Spring Fair Management and Board

Stanwood Fair - 4-H Building

Clallam Co. - Hobbies and Crafts Building

Palouse Co - 4-H Building
Teresa Norman

Spokane County Interstate Fair. Black and Whites went to the Fine Arts/Floral Building (Ann Fackenthall) and to Teresa Balderrama (Beef Barn)

Wheat Land Communities Fair: Erika Hennings (Horse Barn)

Kittitas County Fair: Fine Arts Building (Jessie Blackwood)

Northwest Junior Poultry Expo-Kyle French in recognition of his outstanding work to better the show by implementing the fairs commissioners’ past recommendations to improve the show.

2019 Winners

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