A Letter from your President
Congratulations to all our fair members. Results are in and, according to all reports, Virginia hosted a well attended fair season. Weather notwithstanding, most fairs have reported an increased attendance for their 2015 fairs. We can all take pride in the success of our venues.
It’s now time to concentrate on the 2016 Virginia Association of Fairs Conference at The Homestead January 7-10, and staff and volunteers are concentrating on preparing the best conference to date. Our theme for this Conference is “Get Connected,” reflecting our emphasis on how social media can help your fair. You are all encouraged to take advantage of all the Education Sessions and round table discussions on the various aspects of networking through today’s social media forums. In addition to the social media aspect of the Conference, several other topics can also be found on the schedule, all designed to offer new insights and opportunities for you to increase your attendance and improve the offerings you provide.
The VAF Conference is an excellent opportunity for all volunteers and staff of your fair. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the many programs designed for your benefit. We all look forward to seeing the hard work and imagination that goes into the Communications Awards Program. Fairs are grouped by attendance into small, medium and large gate attendance and each division will be awarded. Be sure to visit the Trade Show and explore the many and varied entertainment possibilities – some of which you may have never considered. Visit the vendors who offer business services for our industry. Fairs are their expertise, so take advantage of their experience.
If the youth at your fair have never considered applying for the VAF Scholarship Awards, this is a great way to involve your youth and help them fund their college educations.
This year we are excited to announce a new award, the Hazel M. Staley Volunteer Recognition Award. This award will be presented each year at the VAF Annual Gala Dinner and will recognize outstanding volunteer service by a volunteer associated with a member fair. This award recognizes and honors Hazel’s dedication and love of the fair industry and highlights the significant impact that volunteers have on making fairs family oriented programs that have a significant impact on the quality of life in a community.
If you have never been to a VAF Conference, or are considering not attending, please reconsider! This is one of the best ways to educate your volunteers and to network with others within the industry. We look forward to seeing you at The Homestead in January. And if you have any questions, never hesitate to call us. We are here to help you make your fair the best it can be.
Virginia Association of Fairs