Message From The President

sunsetSpring has officially sprung…but someone forgot to tell Winter! But as the saying goes:” The Show must go on”! So we find ourselves right around the corner from the 2014 Fair Season.
Your VAF Board will meet at the end of March in Charlottesville, Virginia and will start laying the foundation for the upcoming VAF annual conference. The Homestead will once again host our Conference for 2015 and please … a special note! Mark your Calendars now. We will gather the 2nd week of January because of how the New Year’s Holiday falls. So make your plans for attending the 2015 VAF Convention from Thursday, January 8th through Sunday, January 11th

This year’s past conference “Stepped out of the Box” and offered a very well attended “opening Night” social. Our Conference attendees heard some great ideas that many indicated they could implement and we were provided with quality educational opportunities that could assist in broadening our scope. The VAF’s scholarship opportunities continue to assist our County youth with the ability to earn financial grants for college through participation in the Miss Virginia Association of Fairs Scholarship Pageant or the VAF Youth Leadership Scholarship program.

spinnerThere are always improvements or “tweeking” that can be done. On that note, I have received numerous suggestions from several County Fairs concerning the scoring of the Communication awards. I am proud to announce that the VAF will be instituting a new scoring system for the 2015 Communication Awards. Hurray! The current point system is one that has been past down for many years and served us well however, Sandy, our VAF Communication Awards Chair, was more than ready for a fresh look. Now the overall winner will be selected via a point system issued to all ribbons earned vs. a total amount of Blue Ribbons. Look for details later this year!

I want to wish everyone a successful and rewarding Fair Year. May all our volunteers, workers and staff be proud of the community they serve and may all our families attending our events be safe and take pride in their local County Fair.
It is truly an honor to serve as your VAF President. I am proud to represent our Association and the Fair Industry. Thank you for your continued support of the Virginia Association of Fairs.

Tom Eshelman
Virginia Association of Fairs