WHY WE DO IT The goal of Western Fairs Association’s Achievement Awards Program is to recognize excellence, and share new successful ideas and programs, as many of the best ideas are inspired by others. When we are able to facilitate, share and promote great ideas, we all win! HOW IT WORKS Please read carefully. Each year changes are made to the program in an effort to improve the competition. Eligibility: Any member fair in good standing is eligible to participate. All entries must have been produced, presented and executed between November 1, 2018 and November 1, 2019 . Deadline: All entries must be registered and postmarked or uploaded by November 9, 2019 . Entries will not be accepted after this time. Limit: One entry per fair, per division or sub-division. An individual entry (program, marketing piece, etc.) may not be entered in more than one division.


Division: A division is an award category within each section.

New: Something that has not been done at your Fair before or has been significantly changed.

NEW!: A new division and/or instruction for the WFA Achievement Awards program

Class Definition and Fees: You may enter as many divisions as you like for one price. Each class is based on fair-time attendance. California fairs should note that the class associated with achievement awards does not usually correlate to the class size assigned by CDFA. Class definitions for this program are:

Class 1: Small Fair Class 2: Medium Fair Class 3: Large Fair Class 4: Mega Fair

Less than 50,000 in total fair attendance 50,000–150,000 in total fair attendance 150,000–500,000 in total fair attendance Over 500,000 in total fair attendance

$20 $40 $60


NEW! Class 5: Service Members

Current WFA Service Members


Judging: All judges are recognized experts and/or industry professionals in the individual divisions.

Judging Criteria: Please see each division for judging criteria.

WFA Committee members are available to assist you in preparing and submitting your entries.

Please send an email to Exhibits@alamedacountyfair.com or call Rachel Jacobsen 925-426-7611 for assistance.

THINGS TO BE AWARE OF • Only Fairs who participate in the Achievement Awards Program with at least one entry will be eligible for Merrill Award nomination. Your entry(s) does not necessarily have to contain the program for which you are nominated for the Merrill. • Entry registration and entries will be accepted through the ShoWorks on-line system only . All fees must be paid with a credit card. • A Hard Copy must be mailed in for Divisions 12 & 13. ALL other entries must be submitted electronically through ShoWorks.

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