COUNTY – The Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF) recognized the Wayne County Fair (WCF) for outstanding achievement.

Members of the WCF Board of Directors were presented with a plaque for the statewide achievement award during the annual PSACF convention in Hershey.

The plaque says “Zone II PSACF Achievement Award presented to Wayne County Fair for Outstanding Accomplishments at your 2014 fair.”

Picking the winners

There are 110 fairs that are members of the PSACF. They are divided into four zones and have six or seven directors.

Each director is assigned a different fair to visit in their zone during fair season. At the end of fair, season the zone president contacts each of the directors in his/her zone and finds out who they feel should be awarded the fair of the year.

The WCF is a member of the association's Zone 2. In August of last year, Zone 2 President Rod Rolston, retired director from the Bloomsburg Fair, visited Wayne County during the 2014 season as part of the association’s judging process.

Rolston said he was impressed with how the WCF handled the media blitz surrounding the TV interview with Noah Ritter, who became known as the “Apparently Kid.”

“I had never been to the Wayne County Fair and was very impressed with the whole event,” he said. “It is a well-run fair and PSACF is proud to have it as a member.”

“He [Rolston] said it was the first time he had actually been to the Wayne County Fair,” said Deborah Milliron, who does communications and marketing for the WCF. “He was impressed with how the fair is run with the diversity in entertainment and events for all ages.

“There's a lot of history at the fair.”

Last year's fair season drew the largest attendance in the WCF's 152 year history, having 103,000 visitors.

“The Noah Ritter interview brought to light the fair to the state association,” Milliron stated.

She added the rest of the zone directors in zone two attributed some of the fair's success to that publicity.

“We hope Noah comes back for another visit to see how much the fair has grown and improved,” Milliron said.

The fair saw the likes of a social media whirlwind that had not been experienced by another PSACF member with Noah’s visit.

His interview was placed on YouTube and had over 15 million hits. He was an overnight sensation and appeared on The Ellen Show with Ellen DeGeneres.

Following Rolston's visit to the WCF and discussion with the other zone 2 directors, it was decided to award the WCF the 2014 Statewide Achievement award.

About the PSACF

The objectives and purposes of this voluntary non-profit educational organization is to promote the growth and improvement of Agricultural Fairs, Associations and Societies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to educate and to provide for the exchange of information among its members for the betterment of the Fair industry.

The Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs has been in existence since 1912. The first year, there were 13 members (13 fairs) and has steadily grown to its current membership of 114 (110 fairs).

Each Agricultural Fair, Association or Society has at its focal point the education and showcase of agriculture, horticulture, tourism and more.

Over five and one-half million statewide fairgoers each year can attest to the quality of what we have to offer.

At fairs, exhibitors compete for prize money, ribbons, or merely enjoy the competition.

The following list is only samples of this competitiveness: livestock, hay & grain, vegetables, fruits & nuts, baked and canned goods, Christmas trees, flowers, sewing, art, grange exhibits, contests, apiary, antique farm machinery, and others.