Since 1912 each January, over a half million visitors enjoy 17 fun filled days at the South Florida Fair, one
Tickets
& Deals
Home > About Us > Media Center > Press Releases

Press Releases

South Florida Fair honored with 10 statewide award

The South Florida Fair was among the big winners at the Florida Festivals & Events Association’s (FFEA) annual SUNsational Awards during its 23rd annual convention and tradeshow. The program recognizes members’ innovation, individuality and creative collaboration.

The fair won three first place awards for its website, sponsor program and advance fair tickets; four second place awards for an event photo, the fair’s Facebook page and radio ad, and Yesteryear Village’s education program; and three third place awards for the fair’s Instagram, Spookyville’s Facebook page and the fair’s Event Guide (daily schedule).

In addition, FFEA CEO Suzanne Neve presented Rita De Mier, the fair’s director of marketing & creative services, with the first director’s award for consistently going above and beyond with her FFEA volunteer support.

“The branding and design that you see throughout the conference and leading up to the event would not be possible without her,” said Neve. “Her marketing and design expertise has helped FFEA reach new heights in membership, conference registration and overall branding. She has been a leader in her organization and her industry as well as a leader for FFEA and several other nonprofit organizations.”

FFEA accepted nominations in nine categories: Printed Materials, Outdoor Advertisement, PR/Media Campaign, Photo, Promotional Item, T-shirt, Broadcast Media, Multimedia Marketing and Programming. Each category included three budget levels. A total of 130 events submitted their materials for consideration.

Nominations were judged by a blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals and social media experts. For a complete list of winners, visit www.ffea.com/sunsational-awards.

“The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said FFEA Executive Director Suzanne Neve. “We’re proud of our members and their events – and excited to recognize them in this way each year.

of 1

Fun Food Facts and Other Interesting South Florida

The following are food and food-related product numbers provided by Cheney Brothers (CBI) at the 2016 South Florida Fair:

Turkey legs 24,500 lbs.

Chicken tenders 11,600 lbs.

Ball tips/beef 8,000 lbs.

Jumbo onions 13,200 lbs.

Shortening 650 cases

Chicken wings 6,800 lbs.

French fries 7,500 lbs.

Sugar 7,500 lbs.

Potatoes 450 cases

Apples 380 cases

Lemons 725 cases

Flour 8,000 lbs.

Hamburgers 380 cases or 4,500 lbs.

Hot Dogs 280 cases or 2,800 lbs.

Ketchup 180 cases

Mushrooms 3,200 lbs.

Pineapples 4,000 lbs.

Sausage 2,100 lbs.

Paper towels 325 cases

Toilet paper 350 cases

Can liners 325 cases

Bread Supplier:

Round buns 2,118 dozen

4 1/2 buns 652 dozen

Hot dog buns 922 dozen

Sausage rolls 2,109 doz.

Propane Supplier:

10,000 gallons

Other Fun Facts:

• Each year guests wait patiently in the Moo-ternity tent to watch calves being born. At the 2016 fair, 32 calves were born, including six sets of twins.

• For 2017, there are 223 market hogs tagged with an average weight of 300 lbs. each, which equals 66,900 lbs. of hogs.

• For 2017, there are 32 market steers tagged with an average weight of 1,200 lbs. each, which equals 38,400 lbs. of steers

• The Market Auction provides over $400,000 to the youth who raise and show their market animal at the South Florida Fair.

• The fair will award more than 5,000 ribbons to animal exhibitors at the fair this year.

• More than 50 youth will win showmanship belt buckles worth over $100 each for participating in animal shows.

• There are over 3,000 exhibitors registered to participate in an animal show at this year’s fair.

• Because the South Florida Fair is regional, it accepts animal entries from 18 counties in South Florida.

• Twenty young ladies are vying for the title of Miss South Florida Fair.

• During last year’s fair, 900 people volunteered 25,000 hours of time in various areas. At least that many people and volunteer hours are expected for this year’s fair.

• There are 51 active participants in this year’s South Florida Fair Marching Band.

• During the annual South Florida Fair, nearly 3,000 kindergarten through fifth grade Palm Beach County students are anticipated to participate in tours where they will visit Yesteryear Village and the agriculture area.

• Each year, some 2,000 kids cross the finish line for the Kids’ Mile, which is this year’s sixth annual and will be held Sat., Jan. 14. Through the years, the fair has given out some 8,000 medals to participants.

• To date, the fair has awarded approximately $527,000 in scholarships and will award another $35,000 this year, bringing the total to more than half a million dollars.

• This year’s annual sand sculpture will feature New Orleans landmarks using between 75 and 100 tons of sand.

• The South Florida Fair & Exposition Center, a nonprofit organization, has 17 trustees, nine distinguished trustees, eight life trustees, 50 directors, eight life directors, and one honorary director for a total of 93 board members.

• Since the Fair was incorporated in 1953, 19 individuals have served as the leader (either president or chair) of the fair’s board. Over that same period of time, four individuals have served as the fair manager/CEO.

The South Florida Fair is produced by the South Florida Fair/Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and will be held Jan. 13-29, 2017 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com.

of 1

New Agricultural Operations Manager

Nov. 17, 2015 -- West Palm Beach, Fla. – The South Florida Fair has hired Matthew Daly as its new agricultural operations manager. His responsibilities include the overall management of the agricultural program at the South Florida Fair, including all program content, fiscal spending, and future development.
Previously he served as the facilities superintendent at the North Carolina State Fair, where he had been employed since 2005. For the past 10 years he led a staff of more than 50 fulltime employees in all phases of facility management. His core focus was to provide wide support in the areas of fair management and operation.
Daly is an active member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and has served on many fair and agricultural committees during his time in North Carolina.
“I want to meet the challenges of the fair industry in Palm Beach County to bring modern agricultural education and imagination into the youth of our community,” said Daly.
Daly received his associate’s degree in mechanical automation from the Penn State College of Technology. He resides in West Palm Beach.
About the South Florida Fair: Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 15-31 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com.
of 1

South Florida Fair Wins Two First Place Awards

Sept. 1, 2015 -- Orlando, Fla. – The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) has presented the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc. with two first-place awards for its annual report and T-shirt design. The projects were entered in the SUNsational Awards competition. Winners were announced during FFEA’s 21st annual convention and tradeshow.
Nominations were accepted in nine categories, including Printed Materials; Outdoor Advertisement; PR/Media Campaign; Photo; Promotional Item; T-shirt; Broadcast Media; Multimedia Marketing and Programming. Each category included three budget levels. A blue ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers and photographers judged the entries.
“The SUNsational Awards have recognized and celebrated the talents of our members for more than two decades,” said FFEA Executive Director Suzanne Neve. “This year, we added several new categories and received our highest volume of submissions to date. We’re proud of our members and their events – and excited to recognize them in this way each year.”
About the Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA): Celebrating 21 years, FFEA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting and promoting more than 3,500 festivals, events, and fairs in the state of Florida through education, networking and dissemination of information and the cultivation of high standards. For more information about FFEA, visit www.ffea.com.
About the South Florida Fair: Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the next fair will be held from Jan. 15-31 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website, www.southfloridafair.com.
of 1
Back to
Top
< Back
X