National Awards

 The Categories

It continues to be important to celebrate greatness in our industry, so CAFE is pleased to launch the 2020 Awards Program, however it is going to look a bit different this year. Take a look at the categories below to recognize your fair or an individual at your fair as part of the 2020 Awards Program.

Innovation Award

What is innovation? It’s a new product, service, technology or method that provides a better or more effective end result. It could be innovation in engineering, beautification, competitiveness, environmental programming – you name it! We want to hear how your fair has innovated in the past year. Tell us about what you have done and how it has enhanced your event. “Celebrate & Innovate” is our motto.

This year we’re looking particularly at how your organization has innovated in light of COVID-19. What new activities have you created? How have you been able to continue to engage your community, even if it’s from a distance?


  • Only open to CAFE Members


  • Plaque and acknowledgement at the Annual General Meeting and online.

Service Member of the Year

This award recognizes a service member (concessionaire/vendor, midway, service provider) that is deemed to have made the most significant overall contribution to the industry over the past year(s).


  • Operations/activities (balanced year round operation, significant in the region serviced)

  • Equipment: proven maintenance program and upgrades to meet a changing industry

  • Innovative ideas and methods; provides leadership in the industry

  • Highest level customer service & efficiency

  • Member of CAFE

  • The same service member may win this award more than once.


  • Plaque and acknowledgement at the Annual General Meeting and online.

Canadian Fair Champion

There is no firm criteria – just nominate from your heart! This is your chance to recognize “that special someone” who goes the extra mile for your fair or agricultural society. It could be a volunteer or staff member. It may be the fellow who has taken on maintenance of your fair buildings with little or no thanks. Or the woman who has chaired every committee twice and keeps stepping in when needed! Maybe it is someone who supported your community through COVID-19 relief or recovery. Tell us about this special person.


  • Open to CAFE members and non-members


  • The winner will receive a plaque, medallion and recognition at the Annual General Meeting and online.

Roll of Honour

Established in 1979, this award is to recognize distinguished service by an individual or organization to the Canadian fair and exhibition industry.


  • Length of service or performance of normal duties associated with a local fair is not considered.

  • Nominations must demonstrate how the nominated individual or organization has made significant contributions to the industry through one or all of the following:

    • Leadership

    • Vision

    • Specific Expertise and/or Outstanding Service

    • Impact beyond their local community

    • Multiple recipients may be recognized

  • Only open to CAFE members


  • Plaque and acknowledgement at the Annual General Meeting and online.

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