The Berrien County Youth Fair was well represented last month at the 135th annual Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (MAFE) Convention.
The BCYF was awarded several communication awards, but taking top honor was none other than Fair Manager and Board Secretary Karen Klug. Karen was one of seven individuals inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame. The awards were received at the general session, which was held in Grand Rapids at the Amway Grand Plaza.
The Hall of Fame was established to recognize the service(s) rendered to fairs, festivals and the Fair industry by individual(s) who have devoted their time and talents. The individuals will have not only worked locally, but on a regional, statewide or national level to promote and insure the future of all events in Michigan. Karen has been a lifelong volunteer at the Berrien County Youth Fair serving as a director, Board Secretary and Fair Manager. She has also served the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions as a volunteer, zone director, Executive Director and Board President. Karen joins her mother Barbra Kolm, 2015 Hall of Fame inductee. They now have become the first mother and daughter to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Criteria for induction into the Hall of Fame includes that the individual shall have been involved with a MAFE Regular, Associate or Festival per Article II of the MAFE Bylaws either as a paid employee or as a volunteer with their organization or have served with a county or state agency that has direct involvement with the MAFE Membership and its promotion of Agriculture and Youth. The individual(s) shall have been involved with the industry for a minimum of twenty years and may be living or deceased.
The Berrien County Youth Fair Board of Directors recognized Karen with a reception and cake at the February 3 monthly board meeting.
The 2020 Berrien County Youth Fair is August 17-22. This year’s theme is “Diamonds are Fair-ever.”