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Tammie Arwood Memorial Awards

Announcing two new Golden Johnny People’s Choice awards recognizing Tammie Arwood and all she did for our Fair

These special awards will be chosen by you, our fairgoers—one from the Best of Show winners in Foods (baked, preserved & goat by-products) and another from the Best of Show winners in Fibers.

El Dorado County Fair, Master Food Preservers, Gold Bug Quilts, Needlework Guild and the baking department are proud to sponsor these Golden Johnnies to recognize and remember Tammie Arwood, a woman who did so much for the fair including helping make the quilts area such a beautiful and welcoming place.

We hope that you will enter any or many of these categories—and when you come to the Fair, make sure to drop by the Home Arts and Wool buildings to vote for your favorites.

Presenting 2013 Spirit of the Fair to the Food and Fiber Departments, from Left to right:
Jody Gray, Fair CEO, Sue Rees, Needle Arts Department Head, Tammie Arwood, Quilts Department Head, Tracey Wicksom, Master Food Preserver and Marta Viola, Deputy Manager.

Entry categories, along with a list of deadlines, are listed on our entry guide page.
Please see the table of contents to find the section that interests you, then download that section. If you don't have access to a printer, you can come to the fair office or the county library for assistance. All information is in PDF form.

El Dorado County Fair was once again recognized at the
Western Fairs Association Convention

Western Fairs Association (WFA), a non-profit trade association serving the fair industry throughout the Western United States and Canada, recognized the El Dorado County Fair with ten awards. The 2014 convention was held in Anaheim, CA the first week of January.
“The El Dorado County Fair strives for excellence year after year,” said Jody Gray, CEO. “Our fair began in 1859 and has been here at the fairgrounds in Placerville since 1939. We take great pride in having this Fair in our own backyard.”

The Fair picked up three first place awards:
1st Place Color: Newspaper Ad El Dorado Hills and Folsom Telegraph ad with QR code
1st Place Innovative Marketing Strategy: Pick Up you own Yard Sign Contest
1st Place non-profits: Cowboys and Cornbread co-event

Four second place awards:
2nd Place Magazine Ad: Style Magazine El Dorado County Foothills edition
2nd Place Black and White Newspaper Ad: Mountain Democrat Fathers Day Specials
2nd Place Fair Made News: Mountain Democrat featured El Dorado County Fair in their Summer Sunsational publication
2nd Place Inspiring Collaborations: FIRST 5’s Baby Corner

And three third place awards:
3rd Place Blue Jeans and Country Dreams Fair Logo
3rd Place Entry Guide Reminder Eblast
3rd Place Blue Jeans and Country Dreams Fair Poster

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Join Friends of the Fair

All members of the "Friends of the Fair" will receive recognition in the online El Dorado County Fair Entry Guide and on our year long list of sponsors on our web site which currently receives over 60,000 hits per year.

"Friends of the Fair" help fund capital improvement projects on the fairgrounds as well as helping to sustain the Junior Livestock program.

Membership Levels:

Bronze $ 75 - $149 Includes one (1) four-day season pass to the fair.
Silver $ 150 - $299 Includes three (3) four-day season passes to the fair.
Gold $ 300 - $499

Includes four (4) four-day season passes to the fair.

Platinum $ 500 - $999 Includes four (4) four-day season passes to the fair, Voice of the Fair announcements, an exclusive invitation for two to our 2014 Fair VIP/Media Night held before Fair opens to the public and other special VIP privileges.
Double Platinum $ 1000 + All the great benefits of Platinum Level plus Premium Parking and two (2) additional four-day season passes.


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El Dorado County Fair is a registered non-profit 501 (c) (3)
All contributions to "Friends of the Fair" are tax deductible as allowed by law.


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