May 2019 – The York Fair is making significant strides into community, young-adult, and youth involvement. The Fair is working towards engaging students into its planning process for the 2019 and 2020 York Fair. Part of this process included hiring two summer Marketing and Public Relation interns. These interns will play a key role in helping to promote events, such as various head liners, competitive exhibits, and other eye-catching entertainment.
The York Fair is pleased to announce its recent hire of Michelle Stagaard, a senior Public Relations major attending York College of Pennsylvania and Ashlyn Burkholder, a senior Communication Studies major attending Bloomsburg University. Their positions will serve in several roles including the planning, marketing and communications to promote the York Fair via various social media sites and different advertising resources.
“Since my first year attending York College, I constantly heard word of the York Fair. It was not until I attended the Fair that I realized how immense of a deal it really was. When I heard of an internship position opening, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to expand my Public Relations and Marketing skills at a place I have come to admire.”, explained Stagaard.
“Growing up around agriculture and being involved with 4-H clubs and the National FFA organization, the agriculture industry has always held a special place in my heart. I’m excited to take on a position that incorporates an industry that I am passionate about as I explore my area of study.”, expressed Burkholder.
““This is the second year we’ve utilized college Interns and we are very excited to have Michelle and Ashlyn join our team for the summer. They’re going to get to experience all the efforts that go into producing a successful Fair and will no doubt learn a lot while they are with us.” Stated CEO Bryan Blair.
April 2019 – The York Fair is making significant strides into community involvement and engagement, planning the 2020 York Fair, and creating awareness for agriculture education. Part of this process included hiring on a full time Director of Ag Education. The York Fair will be expanding the ever-popular Ag Education Center this year, highlighting the importance of educating our youth and community about agriculture.
The York Fair is pleased to announce its recent hire of Nicole Groff, a 2015 Penn State University graduate with a degree in Animal Science. Groff’s position will serve in several roles including the planning, coordination and management of the Ag Education Center during the York Fair, as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships with 4-H, FFA and other youth related programs throughout York County.
“For my family the York Fair is a tradition, from my grandfather, to my mother, myself, and hopefully one day our family’s next generation. I am excited to be giving back and working to preserve our agricultural heritage while helping take the York Fair to the next level.”, explained Groff.
“Not only does Nicole bring a passion for the York Fair and agriculture, but over the last four years she has developed contacts in the ag community that will prove helpful in uniting forces as we strengthen the agriculture component of the York Fair and York Expo Center year-round. We are also hopeful about opportunities to partner with local school districts to install an agricultural education supplement to classroom instruction during the school year.” Stated Bryan Blair, CEO.
The York County Agricultural Society knows this is a step forward in making the York Fair and York Expo Center relevant to its agricultural grassroots, and to also reaching out with an educational component to youth across our region.
November 28, 2018 – Bryan Blair, incoming CEO of the York Fair was recognized at the 128th Annual Convention of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) as a graduate of the Institute of Fair Management.
Launched in 2007, The Institute consists of a series of courses covering the areas of core competency necessary for today’s industry professional and volunteers involved in the production of their agricultural fair. Courses include management, risk management, marketing, programming, operations and year-round facility usage.
Blair enrolled in the program in 2015 and was one of 38 graduates honored at the IAFE Convention this year. Currently, there are more than 215 individuals enrolled in the Institute of Fair Management from across the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Bryan Blair became General Manager of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair and Agricultural Exposition in November of 2014 following a six-year stint at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville where he was an Expositions Administrator managing Sponsorships for the National Farm Machinery Show, Kentucky State Fair and the North American International Livestock Exposition. Prior to joining the Kentucky Exposition Center staff in 2009, he had served as a charter board member and Past President of the Taylor County Fair in Campbellsville, KY. Blair served as a Program and News Director, as well as a Sports Information Director at Campbellsville University in Kentucky- providing him with extensive experience and knowledge in broadcasting and media communications. Blair was also named the Kentucky Fair Person of the year in 2001 by the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows. Blair joined the York Fair staff right before the 2018 York Fair as Chief Operating Officer, and in January will take on the role of Chief Executive Officer.
The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.