The county won the state fair's marketing award for doing what judges considered the best job of using material native to the county and delivered its message better than anyone else. San Joaquin and Sacramento counties were among 12 to earn a gold medal.
The two counties scored 91 points out of a possible 100. Judging was based on craftsmanship, animation, marketing and other categories.
San Joaquin County's award-winning exhibit was prepared by Richard Bray, a professional builder, at the direction of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation. The Board of Supervisors gave the Farm Bureau responsibility for constructing the county's display for the State Fair.
Bruce Blodgett, the San Joaquin Farm Bureau's executive director, said he was glad to spread the message to the 20,000 to 30,000 people expected to walk past the county exhibit each day.
"It gives us a chance to inform them," Blodgett said. "We took a little different approach from the other counties."
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