2019 VAF Conference
The Virginia Association of Fairs Board is busy working on the 2019 Conference and the Theme this year is “Lights, Camera, Action” The Fair Registration and the Tradeshow registrations will be mailed by October 1st and posted on the Website. The Showcase application will be posted on the Website by November 15th. Remember should you have any questions please feel free to call 703-919-7020.
First of all, let me take a moment to introduce myself as your new President. I have been a member of Virginia Association of Fairs (VAF) for about ten years, on the Board of Directors for the last four years, and Chairman of my fair for nearly five years. I have learned so much about the fair industry from my time involved in the VAF and my own local county fair. During my tenure as your President, along with the Board of Directors, I hope we can be instrumental in providing you more education and knowledge to the management of your fairs. I consider it quite an honor to serve as your President.
With Virginias Fair season underway and quite busy for the next few months, hopefully, the weather will cooperate for us all, so that we can have the opportunity to execute successful fairs after months of planning.
Your Board is well into the planning stages for the 102nd Annual VAF Conference in January at the Homestead. With your help and support, we hope to make it one of the most informative and educational conferences yet. We hope you are planning on attending and promise that the opportunities for you to learn from other fairs, to also network and share your experiences from your fair, are phenomenal and will provide you with information to make your fair even more successful.
When you attend the conference this year, there will be a few changes, such as locations of the trade show, and the business meetings. There will be some changes to the Hazel Staley Scholarship Award as explained in this newsletter. Hopefully some of these changes will make us a little more efficient and meaningful as we move forward.
We also want to encourage all member fairs to nominate individuals to receive the Fair Person of the Year Award, the Hazel Staley Scholarship Award, and to participate in Youth Scholarship Competitions. These are awards and wonderful opportunities often overlooked that recognize deserving people within the fairs.
Looking forward to the rest of this years’ fair season, and especially looking forward to seeing each and everyone of you at the conference in January!!!