Every fair has those volunteers that for many years have been a huge part of the success of their fair.  The MAFE board awards the Heritage Award to honor our state’s outstanding long term volunteers. Fairs couldn’t last without volunteers and the special people that do it year after year need a special award to say thank you.

In order to be eligible to receive this award, recipients must have a minimum of 10 years of event service to the Fair or Exhibition as a volunteer or management and receives less than $1,000 annually in compensation from the Fair or Exhibition.

Congratulations to our award winners and thank you to our award sponsor the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair.

Heritage group

(Back row – left to right) Keith Cronenwett – Monroe County Fair, Chuck Goeke – Ingham County Fair, Deb Kayga – Oakland County Fair, Steve Masters – Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair (awardsponsor), Earl Kelley – Lenawee County Fair, Steve Thelen – MAFE board president

(Front row – left to right) Margaret Wegner – Midland County Fair, Elaine Masters – Saline Community Fair, wife of award winner Bob DeClerg – Shiaweess County Fair

(Not photoed) Robert Armstead – St. Clare County 4H & Youth Fair