The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) announced the launch of the first IAFE Ambassador Team. Kady Porterfield (Kittitas County Fair, WA), Lonna Breshears (Western Idaho Fair), and our own Courtney Cox were selected to serve on the team after a competitive selection process.
Courtney is the Fair and Special Events Coordinator for the Parks, Open Space & Cultural Arts Department. She started with Adams County in 2014 after working for the Walt Disney Company. She was named the Adams County Fair Queen in 2011 and grew up showing horses at the Adams County Fair.
The selection process was conducted through a blind judging procedure. Twenty applicants were evaluated on several criteria based upon the duties set fourth by the IAFE. Some duties include social media engagement, involvement at local zone and state meetings, publication content development, and general communication and engagement requirements.
Ambassadors will serve a two-year term and are eligible to serve three total terms. The team will add three additional members for the next two years to complete a nine-member ambassador team. Ambassadors are responsible for sharing their IAFE story with both members and non-members, encouraging industry growth, and serving the fair industry in various capacities.
The IAFE, based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. For more information, visit IAFE's website.