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Taylor County Fair Association receives awards at annual convention

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Taylor County Fair won two awards during the annual Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows convention Jan. 10-12 at Galt House in Louisville.

The Taylor County Fair catalog received first place in the state of Kentucky in the glossy finish category. Last year, the catalog was named as state runner up in the division.

"We are thrilled after 15 years to have produced what was judged as the best fair catalog in the state of Kentucky," said Mike Litchfield, president of the Taylor County Fair Association. 

"A lot of hours go into the planning, design and production of the catalog and after being named runner-up last year, we made it our goal to win first place this year," said Susan Seaborne, Taylor County Fair Association secretary and catalog chairperson.

Seaborne thanked Suzy Houk and the graphic design department at Central Kentucky News-Journal for producing the catalog each year.

"We definitely couldn't have won this award without Suzy and the help of her team. She's worked with us closely every year and we would not have anything of this quality without them," Seaborne said.

The fair also won the "Show Your Colors" Award for the first time.

The state is divided into three zones, with Taylor County being in the central zone or Zone II. The award is given to the fair with the largest number of attendees at the zone meeting.

"This year, with the help of our Junior Fair Board, we had a total of 45 people representing the Taylor County Fair at the Zone Meeting," Litchfield said.

"We've been attending the Convention since 1999 and this award has always been won by either Adair County or Green County," he said.

This year, 18 adults from the fair board and 27 high school students, making up the Taylor County Junior Fair Board, attended the meeting.

Litchfield said that the Junior Fair Board came to the convention for the day as a field trip because they wanted to learn more about county fairs. They attended the trade show, zone meeting and various information sessions and seminars.

"There was a lot of conversation among many of the other county fair boards from across the state at the convention on Friday when they saw how many Junior Fair Board members we had in attendance and we had multiple conversations with a lot of them on how to get their Junior Fair Boards started and/or involved," Litchfield said.

On Saturday, Miss Taylor County Fair Kaleigh Campbell from Elizabethtown competed in the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant and was named a Top 15 finalist from among 90 contestants.

In August, Little Miss and Mister Taylor County Fair Harper Johnson and Trace Higdon were crowned as Little Miss and Mister Kentucky County Fair at the Kentucky State Fair.

"All in all it was a good convention and a good year for Taylor County. It seems like every year we are one of the few fairs that go to Louisville in January and bring home at least one award.

"One year we hope to be named the overall Most Progressive Fair in Kentucky which is the most prestigious award given out each year but every year our main goal is to produce the best fair we can for the people of Taylor and surrounding counties," Litchfield said.

He said that during the recent convention, the Taylor County Fair finalized many of the events and attractions for this year's fair, which will be June 1-8.

"We signed a contract with Myers International Midways to provide the carnival for the fourth straight year and they'll no doubt provide another outstanding midway starting on June 3," Litchfield said.

Other new attractions that have been contracted, along with main track events and stage events, will be announced soon.

"We are bringing in some all new attractions that we've not had before so hopefully we'll have good weather and the 2013 fair will break all the records that we created last year in terms of attendance," Litchfield said.