A Letter from your President:

sunsetThe 98th Annual Virginia Association of Fairs Annual Conference is now history and it is time to look forward to a new year and each of our fairs. I hope that those of you that were able to attend the conference found it fun, informative and had time to network with your fellow fair members and managers.

The VAF is embarking on a project to collect email addresses of all fair members. This will allow all members to receive information instead of just key individuals. I encourage all who are interested to contact your fair office and assist with this undertaking


The VAF needs your input on speakers and round table topics of interests. This will help create a more informative conference in 2016.
As president, one of my goals is to bring a better understanding of how the VAF can better help you manage your fair or festival. My history as a construction equipment salesman did not give me training on how to manage Field Day of the Past. Through my attendance in workshops, speaker sessions and roundtables at the VAF and IAFE, I have learned and continue to learn how to manage our festival. The Tradeshows and Showcases are excellent sources to find attractions for your fairs.

The VAF and I are here to assist you and your fair. Please do not hesitate in contacting Joye Wood our Administrative Coordinator, any member of the VAF or me personally. I look forward to serving you as president for the 2015 year.

Sam Long
Virginia Association of Fairs