LAS VEGAS – The International Association of Fairs and Expositions presented Maxine Schatz of Auburn with its heritage award at its 127th convention in Las Vegas.
The award recognizes outstanding fair volunteers with a plaque and $1,000 for the award winner and $500 for the fair.
The nominees are required to have at least 10 years of fair management experience with no more than $2,500 in compensation.
The Association called Schatz “a fixture at the Nemaha County fair.”
She currently serves as class coordinator, recruiting help for static exhibits and appointing a livestock coordinator.
She heads up production of the open class book and distributes premium money.
Schatz also oversees the commercial vendors, including renting booth space and preparing the building and grounds for the vendors.
She handles all advertising for the fair and, during non-fair season, she and her husband Dale take care of the buildings and grounds.
Outside the fair industry, Schatz is a member of the Nebraska State Genealogy Society, the Nemaha Valley Genealogical Society, the Tri-State Corners Genealogy Society, and the Nemaha Valley Museum.