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Awards and Guidelines Listing
Scholarship Award Guidelines
Sponsored by The Kentucky Association of Fairs & Horse Shows
The individual recommended for the scholarship awards should meet these criteria:
  1. Any youth that has participated in any approved agricultural class and has been an active volunteer of the current year in his or her respective local county fair. The selection of these youths will be left to the discretion of the local fair.
  2. Qualified youth shall be a senior in high school, or in their first year of post-secondary education, but not having reached their 21st birthday by October 1st of the applying year.
  3. Youth nomination shall be a resident in the county of the nominating fair.
  4. Application requires an essay, written by the applicant on the subject of “Describe how your personal life skills have been enhanced by your involvement in your local fair activities.” There is a 500 word maximum for this essay.
  5. Each application must be accompanied by a one page letter of recommendation from the local fair board.
  6. One entry per fair.
  7. There will be two winners from each zone.
  8. Selection of winners will be by judging conducted by the awards committee prior to the annual meeting.
  9. Deadline for entries shall be postmarked or faxed to: LuAnn Asbury, 2853 Asbury Road, Augusta, KY 41002; Fax # (606) 728-2116 by or on October 1st.
  10. Winners will receive a $1,500 Cash Scholarship and a plaque.
  11. Scholarship may be won only one time.
  12. It is recommended that the recipients attend the annual business meeting in January to receive their scholarship.
Show Your Colors Award
Sponsored by The Kentucky Association of Fairs & Horse Shows
The Show Your Colors Award is presented to the County Fair who has the most members attending their respective zone meetings wearing a color symbolizing their fair (shirts, caps, etc.). The winners will be determined in each zone meeting with the plaques to be presented at the business meeting. There is one award presented in each zone.

All Kentucky Awards
Sponsored by The Kentucky Association of Fairs & Horse Shows
The All Kentucky Awards are given to county fairs who consistently utilize all state funds available. The awards are based on information reported to Show and Fair Promotion officials when county fairs qualify for various grants available through KRS 247.220. Award presentations are made at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows.

Most Progressive Fair Awards Criteria
Sponsored by The Kentucky Department of Agriculture
The Most Progressive Fair Awards are judged in four categories:
  1. Livestock entries
  2. Horse entries
  3. Food, Crop and youth entries approved for state aid
  4. Money spent on entries not approved for state aid
Each of the four above categories are compared both as a number and percent increase or decrease from the previous year. Also considered are promptness of reports and catalog ratings.
The state is divided into three zones with each zone having two divisions based on population. Division A is counties with populations under 20,000 and Division B is counties with populations over 20,000. County fairs compete for The Most Progressive Fair Awards within their respected zones and divisions. An overall winner and runner-up are selected from the six winning counties using the same comparisons.

Website Awards Program
Sponsored by The Kentucky Association of Fairs & Horse Shows
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Division of Show & Fair Promotion webpage contains a county fair calendar of all active county fairs. Some have links to their specific county fair webpage. If you would like to be considered for this award, and your link is not currently listed on this calendar, please email the link to your county fair by the 1st Friday in October to the Division of Show & Fair Promotion. Send to Chris Caudill at Or, call at (502) 564-4983. There will be a best website and runner-up selected.

Catalog Awards Program
Judging Criteria
  1. Type of Catalog
    1. Glossy - Slick Finish
    2. Newspaper Print
  2. Appearance
    1. Front Cover Artwork
    2. Neatness of Advertisements
    3. Consistency in Headings and Type Size
  3. Organization
    1. Index Included for Events/Exhibits and Ads
    2. Divisions, Lots, Classes, etc., Clearly Marked
    3. Departments Unbroken by Ads, etc.
    4. Activities, Departments, and Rules in Logical Order
  4. Information
    1. Schedule of Events Included
    2. General Rules and Regulations Included
    3. Complete Health Regulations Included
    4. List of Fair Officials Included
      1. Fair Board and Officers
      2. Department Chairmen
      3. Fair Judges
    5. Rules Pertaining to Individual Departments and Activities Included
    6. Premiums Clearly Indicated, Including Danish System
    7. Admissions Charges and Pass Policy Listed
    8. Premium Payment Procedures Explained
    9. Fair Phone Number
    10. Map of Grounds Location and Layout
  5. Miscellaneous
    1. Use of Pictures from Prior Fairs
    2. Articles on New Fair Events and Attractions
    3. Articles on Fair History
With your catalog submission, please provide for display, any promotional material that: your fair or festival may wish to exhibit. Example: hats, shirts, displays or photos of displays, and such. These are for display only and may be picked up after the judging for this category has occurred. This is an unsecure room while presentation and judging is in progress. So keep that in mind when displaying your items. And be prepared to pickup promptly after display and judging. Those items you wish to retain. Exhibit room is locked after hours, but potential is there for items to go missing. Thanks for adding to the exhibit.

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