Heritage Awards

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The Heritage Award recognizes fair management personnel who have invested significant effort into making their organization a valuable part of the community.

Nomination Deadline August 31

Heritage Award Nominations

Hundreds of volunteer fair management personnel have worked long and hard to see that the annual event they are associated with can continue as a valuable community showcase. Management personnel are those who serve in such capacities as a manager, an officer, director, or department head and are directly active in the success of their fair. IAFE and Haas & Wilkerson Insurance would like to honor five of those individuals yearly with an award and $1,000 cash to be presented at the IAFE annual convention. If selected, the fair in which the nominee is associated with will receive a check for $500, which may be used to provide travel expenses for their recipient or for whatever purpose they feel most appropriate.


  1. Minimum ten years of fair management experience.
  2. Receives less than $2,500 remuneration annually over expenses.
  3. Fair that submits the nomination must be a current member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.
  4. Nominee’s fair must be a current member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.


  1. Must apply by August 31, 2024
  2. 750 words or less, essay/resumé about the nominee submitted by a fair representative.
  3. Three (3) or more reference/support letters by members of their organization.
  4. A member of the board of the nominee’s fair and IAFE Zone Director must also sign the electronic nomination form verifying the nominee is eligible. After submission, the IAFE will notify the Zone Director for approval.
  5. The five selected nominees will be asked to submit 8 to 10 photos (headshot and action shots) for a slide show presentation during the ceremony at the 2024 Convention.
  6. Presentation will highlight the nominee’s accomplishments relative to the fair and community
  7. Haas and Wilkerson Insurance will recognize the winners and present the checks during the IAFE Annual Convention.
  8. Photographs, biography, management philosophy, and a media list will be provided to the IAFE by the fair immediately upon notification their nominee has been selected.


  1. Judging will be done by a committee of three: the two IAFE Vice Chairs and the Director representing the Federation of Fairs on the IAFE Board.
  2. The categories listed on the entry form will be used for judging nominees: the 750-word essay/resumé, and the reference/support letters.

The Heritage Award Application deadline is August 31.

Congratulations to the 2023 Heritage Award Recipients!

Roylene Crawford, CVFM, IFMG
Kittitas County Fair (WA)

Don Merkens
Norman County Fair (MN)

Linda Rider
North Idaho State Fair

Edward Rossley
Delaware Valley Agricultural Society (NY)

Ellen Sietmann, CFE
DuPage County Fair (IL)

View all past IAFE Heritage Award Recipients

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