Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper (left) presents the latest city’s Recognition of Excellence award to the Interior Provincial Exhibition board

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper (left) presents the latest city’s Recognition of Excellence award to the Interior Provincial Exhibition board

Armstrong fair nets community honour

Interior Provincial Exhibition receives the city’s Recognition of Excellence

Armstrong’s Interior Provincial Exhibition needs to make more room in its trophy case.

The annual fall fair, known nationally for the calibre of events it puts on during its five-day run, was given the city’s Recognition of Excellence honour before Monday’s council meeting.

“They brought a lot to our community event before we were incorporated,” said Mayor Chris Pieper, who presented the honour to the IPE board, led by president Jeanne Noble Harter.

“The number of volunteers that put in countless hours to ensure the fair continues is an amazing part of the culture of the community, and the many communities around us.”

Over the years, the IPE has been honoured numerous times at the B.C. Fairs convention and Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) for various aspects of the fair.

Honours have included communications, marketing and agricultural education exhibits for fairs with more than 20,000 in attendance, as well as the Showcase of the Fair award.

IPE volunteer George Zimmerman was named CAFE’s volunteer of the year in 2011.

Youth have also been important when it comes to honouring the IPE.

The exhibition has won awards for most innovating marketing concept and most innovating youth engagement program and marketing/promotion.

“The promotion of agriculture and education by the IPE is, by far, superior than any other fair,” said Pieper.

“This still has the grassroots of the agricultural aura around it.”

Noble Harter was quite humbled by the city recognition.

“This is truly an honour for all of us. We thank you, very much,” said Noble Harter.

The fair draws more than 100,000 annually, and will celebrates its 114th exhibition this year – Armstrong’s 100th birthday – from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.

The IPE is the third recipient of the city’s Recognition of Excellence, which will be handed out throughout the centennial.

 

Other recipients include resident Tom Nordstrom and the Armstrong Heritage Advisory Committee.