Placer County wins three awards at State Fair; Nevada County wins “silver”

Editor’s note: Here are the winners of the Counties Exhibits at the California State Fair. Placer County won “Best Content Award” and “Best Design Award” and a “Gold Award.” Nevada County won a “Silver Award.” Sierra FoodWineArt magazine is being distributed at the Placer County exhibit.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 13) – Awards were presented to 29 California Counties exhibiting in 2012 California State Fair. Solano County took Best of Show, but other counties followed closely.

The Counties Exhibit has been a longstanding fan favorite and continues to draw crowds of fairgoers every year who support their favorite county.

Fairgoers have an opportunity to vote in the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced on closing day, July 29.

WHERE: Cal Expo – The California Building

COST: FREE with Fair admission!

RESULTS: Best of Show Award – Solano County
Best Content Award – Placer County
Best Use of Produce/Products/Artifacts – Sierra County
Best Marketing Award – Sacramento County
Best Craftsmanship Award – Solano County
Best Design Award – Placer County
Best Visitor Experience Award – Tuolumne County
Best Use of Special Effects/Animation Award – Glenn County
Best Agricultural Presentation Award – San Joaquin County
Superintendent’s Award – Colusa County

Gold Awards

Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County, Glenn County, Mendocino County, Mono County, Placer County, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, Sierra County, Solano County, Sonoma County and Tuolumne County

Silver Awards
Colusa County, Contra Costa County, El Dorado County, Humboldt County, Inyo County, Lake County, Modoc County, Nevada County, San Francisco County/Alameda County/Marin counties, Santa Cruz County, Stanislaus County, Tehama County and Yolo County.

Bronze Awards
Yuba County

In the 1870s, the California State Fair implemented a new program designed to reach out to all of California’s 58 Counties and provide a venue to showcase each county’s unique attributes.

For well over 100 years, the Counties Exhibit Program continues to be a one of a kind exhibit, as this is the only fair in the nation that showcases each county within a state. It continues to remain ranked one of the most popular attractions by fair goers.

This unique program allows fairgoers to travel throughout the state in the space of one building, the California Building. Located in the center of the fairgrounds, visitors flock to see their county’s display.

Each year the exhibits are vastly different, finding new avenues to present agriculture, art, lifestyles, industry, commerce, recreation, tourism, culture, history, natural resources, entertainment, and any other subject unique to a county.

Visitors can experience and learn features about counties they may not have known before, making it a useful tool in marketing. This makes for the perfect opportunity to capture the attention of potential California tourists, inspiring them to visit different counties, resulting in economic benefits for individual counties.

The Counties Exhibits Program is also a competition. Counties create exciting and unique displays annually hoping for high awards and cash prizes. They are judged based on their content, marketability, creativity, craftsmanship, and use of technology.

Scores tabulated on these categories determine whether they are given a gold, silver, or bronze award. There are also many special awards, including the Peoples’ Choice, Most Educational and Most Fun, all based on fair-long voting from visitors to the California Building.

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