For The Community

Community Service

Education is the reason for The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and community service is the cornerstone.

The annual four-week county fair is our major fundraiser and exists solely for the community. More than 900+ volunteers generously donate thousands of hours of their time to make The Youth Fair happen.

Established in 1952, The Youth Fair is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that uses proceeds to award more than $521,000 annually in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to local public, private, charter, parochial and home-school students. To date, The Youth Fair has awarded well over $11 million to Miami-Dade students to help them achieve higher education.

As a reflection of our drive for community service, The Youth Fair rewards the annual Walter B. Arnold Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award to students who help others overcome hardships. For information about qualifying for the award, please visit:

Here are some commonly asked questions about the Walter B. Arnold Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award:

Q. What is this award?
A. The Walter B. Arnold Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service award was created in 2001 to honor Walter B. Arnold Jr., the man with the vision to turn a small 4-H fair into one of the most beloved attractions in Miami-Dade County. For 41 years, he gave freely of himself as leader of The Youth Fair to enrich the lives of Miami-Dade children and their families.

Q. Who is eligible to apply?
A. Middle and high school students who invest their time and energy in helping others overcome hardships are eligible to win the award.

Q. How many awards are allocated?
A. Four middle-school students and four senior high school students from public and private schools are selected every year.

Q. What is the value of the award?
A. Each student receives $100 and a finalists' plaque. Two of the finalists are inducted into the Youth Hall of Fame and each receives a check for $1,000.

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