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A Letter from your President
Hello, VAF Members!
What an “exciting” and successful 100th Anniversary celebration for the VAF this past January at The Homestead. Thank you, thank you for attending and participating in one of the most outstanding conferences ever!
SO many fantastic volunteers and staff worked together like a well-oiled machine! Never can enough appreciation be expressed to these hard-working folk who epitomize the heart of our fairs and festivals. The ‘extra mile’ was certainly well traveled and often this year.
Records galore were broken at this year’s conference – from delegate registrations, attendance of breakout sessions, round tables, trade show, pageant and meals to an extraordinary show of support of our Youth Scholarship program at the banquet live auction, taking in a whopping $20,000 to boost the scholarships. A special thank you to Louise Mauck of Page County Fair for the purchase of the commemorative quilt, adding $6,600 to the scholarship funds. Fantastic $100 giveaways throughout the conference heightened the excitement and put smiles on many faces. Stellar entries in the Communication Awards Competition. Congrats to Carroll County Fair who earned the Overall Points Award. So many more deserving winners throughout the conference! And, if you missed getting a copy of the superb compilation of our fairs’ histories, contact your VAF office to get one. You’ll not want to miss it.
I urge you to reflect on your experience of the conference and take a wagon load of that excitement into your fair planning this year. We’re working on the next 100 years! Go the extra mile – enjoy the excitement!!!
We look forward to seeing you at The Homestead in January 2018. Your VAF board and committees are nailing down the details and shaping up a conference to help you make your fair the best it can be! If we can be of assistance, give us a yell.
Have a wonderful fair season!!