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County fair snags awards

The Washington County Fair won numerous awards at the annual convention of the Western Fair Association. Awards included the highest honor, the Merrill Award, for the “Growing Grove” exhibit first created in 2011 for families to connect agriculture and wellness. by: COURTESY PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - The Washington County Fair captured a first place award in the photography division for this photo taken by the fairs official photographer, David Blair.

Washington County’s fair competes in the division that includes those with attendance levels ranging from 50,000 to 150,000 people.

“It’s quite an honor to not only be the first Oregon fair to ever win this prestigious award, but to win it when we were up against such major competition,” said Leah Perkins-Hagele, manager of the Washington County Fair Complex.

The “Growing Grove” exhibit also won first place in the “Anything Goes” division, which recognizes an outstanding program, remarkable promotion or innovative idea.

Other awards included: First place in the radio advertising division for its “Big Fair Fun” radio commercial; first place in the photography division for a photograph taken by the fair’s official photographer, David Blair; second place for the website, BigFairFun.com, in the website division; and third place in the viral or video documentation division.

This year’s Washington County Fair will be held July 24-27 at the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.

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