*2018 Rules will be available by March 1, 2018.
The Hall of Honor Communications Awards consists of competition in 20 categories among fairs, which are divided into five divisions according to attendance. Plaques, for each division, will be awarded to the winners during the awards ceremony before the IAFE Annual Convention delegates.
The purpose of this competition is to improve the advertising and publicity programs of fairs and to provide recognition for those fairs doing an outstanding job.
Only entries from fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions who are a member in good standing with the IAFE, are eligible for entering the awards program.
All entries with the exception of Category 1 (Television), Category 2 (Radio), Category 18 (Website) and Category 19 (Mobile App) will be physically sent/mailed/delivered to the IAFE Office. Categories 1,2,18 &19 will be submitted digitally through the IAFE contest website. Much like your fair's competitive exhibit entry process, the IAFE contest process requires all fairs participating in the contest pre-register their entries at www.iafecontest.com, prior to sending their entries. The contest account is different than your www.fairsandexpos.com log-in account and you will be required to create an account at the IAFE contest entry site. See below for registration process.
Submitting entries in digital format for USB flash drive: The North Carolina State Fair has made it possible for every fair attending the 2017 IAFE Convention to receive a USB flash drive which contains the top three winning entries in most categories. Please take a few extra minutes to place your entries (except categories 1, 2, 18 and 19 as these will already be submitted digitally through the on-line entry process) entries onto a USB/Flash Drive to accompany your entries. These will be utilized if you are a winner and placed on the North Carolina sponsored USB
Judges may select, from any entry submitted, a Judges’ Creative Award. The item shows creativity, originality, innovation, and superiority to all other entries. The idea or concept should be one that may be replicated (in a larger or smaller format) by any fair, show, exhibition or exposition. Disqualified entries do not qualify for consideration of the Judges' Creative Award.
The judges will select as Best of Show the fair scoring the highest total in three separate categories (Best Marketing Campaign excluded). A special award will be presented to the Best of Show winner at the Annual IAFE Convention.
(Based on your previous year's reported attendance)
The IAFE reserves the right to publish entries in printed publications, on the website, CDs and/or videos. All submissions will become the property of the IAFE and will not be returned following the contest.
A category highlighting your fair's website.
NEW! Website entries may be submitted at anytime in which the IAFE is accepting entries. Fairs who wish to submit their entry, while the IAFE contest site is deactivated, shall do so by completing a form and submitting to the IAFE office. Following the activation of the contest entry site, all fairs wishing to enter the website category shall do so via the IAFE contest website. All entries will be judged within 30 days of submission.
Mobile applications are a fully functional program that generally includes a schedule of events, map, social media links, GPS locating services, etc.
MUST be submitted no later than thirty (30) days before the start of your fair! Apps submitted after that deadline will be automatically disqualified.