The Gold Country Fair received recognition in several categories at the annual Western Fair Association achievement awards competition held recently in Reno. The fair’s marketing programs received five first-place and two second-place wins for the 2009 “Where Memories Begin” fair. WFA is composed of member fairs and large special events in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Texas, Minnesota, Indiana, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii, plus three major shows in Canada. The Gold Country Fair competed against other fairs of similar size. Top honors went to the fair for display advertising, entry handbook, entertainment brochure and schedule, and radio commercial. The fair also was awarded the Best New Idea – marketing for the AT&T telephone book map hunt promotion. Additionally the fair received second-place for outdoor advertising and advertising postcard. Greg Hegwer, CEO of the Gold Country Fair, picked up the awards in Reno. “It’s fun to be recognized by our peers in the fair industry, but it is most important to put on a great fair that our community participates in and enjoys,” he said. The Gold Country Fair’s 2010 theme is “Bee a Kid Again.” It will feature the fun characters and events of childhood, and encourage everyone to enjoy the fair like they did as a kid. It will be held Sept. 9-12. For more information visit GoldCountryFair. com or follow the fair on Facebook.