The Sonoma County Fair took first place in eight categories in the Western Fairs Association's annual Achievement Awards Program.

The awards include first place for the fair's Harvest Fair website, its 32-page fair magazine and its hosting in September of the National Heirloom Exposition.

In all, the fair won various awards for 27 of the 32 entries submitted.

Fair staff will accept the awards at the association's annual convention this month in Reno. The convention will display 331 award-winning entries from 35 fairs.

The 2013 Sonoma County Fair will be held July 25 through Aug. 11 at the fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

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