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Walworth County Fair official receives Heritage Award



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December 15, 2010 | 08:23 AM
Las Vegas — Ed Sokolowski, a member of the Walworth County Fair Board, was one of five recipients of the Heritage Award.

The award was made Dec. 1 during special ceremonies at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 120th Annual Convention.

Members of the Walworth County Fair Board nominated him for the honor. The Heritage Award is sponsored by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.

Each winner received a plaque and $1,000, and each fair nominating the winners received $500.

The nominees were required to have at least 10 years of fair management experience and could receive no more than $2,500 a year for service.

The nominees' fairs were also required to be current members of International Association of Fairs and Expositions.

Sokolowski has attended the Walworth County Fair since 1957, when he was a young boy showing beef, dairy, and hogs in 4H and FFA.

In 1959, he won the Grand Champion Landrace Gilt at the Wisconsin State Fair. Sokolowski was elected to the Walworth County Fair Board in 1983. During that time, he served 21 years as treasurer and six years as president.

At the Fair, Sokolowski oversees the truck and tractor pulls, open class antiques, antique car and tractor parade, and the backstage and grandstand area.

Since being elected to the county fair board, Sokolowski has attended each of the past 26 Wisconsin State Association of Fairs (WSAF) Conventions, where he has served as a board member for six years, vice president for two years, and is now in his second year as president.

In addition, he has served on and chaired the WSAF Audit Committee, and served on the State Auction, Special Projects, Education, and Agriculture Committees.

In 1994, Sokolowski received the Outstanding Fair Person Award from the Wisconsin Association of Fairs.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Hall of Fame.

Sokolowski is a veteran of the War in Vietnam. Sokolowski and his wife Judy have two married daughters and three granddaughters.

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