November 28 - December 1, 2021

Join us in San Antonio as we "GROW FAIR STRONG".  A celebration of fairs across the globe!  Take in educational workshops, network with industry peers, and visit the world-class Trade Show!

Mark Your Calendars!

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KEYNOTE

Paul Mobley

Paul Mobley is an award-winning photographer who has traveled the world over to capture and celebrate humanity.  Firmly grounded by his Midwestern roots, Mobley’s early training as a photographer began at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, and continued in the New York studios of such leading photographers as Annie Leibovitz, Steve Steigman, and David Langley, where he apprenticed for many years before embarking on his own career.  Since then, Mobley has successfully worked with a broad range of corporate, advertising, and editorial clients including American Express, Sony, Max Factor, Microsoft and many others.

In Paul’s presentations, he shares photographs and tells the stories behind the pictures of America’s unsung heroes.  From Walter Jackson, a 104-year-old Florida citrus farmer; to Patsy Fribley, a stockyard dealer from Montana; to Aaron Bell, a young 9th generation organic dairy farmer in Maine, Mobley's exquisite photographs and narrative reveal the true face of American farming and remind us what it means to live with simplicity, contentment, and decency in a world that so often forgets.

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Episode 1: Kurt & Cara Talk About the 2021 IAFE Convention

Kurt Palmer, President of the Delaware County Fair (Iowa) and Cara Muhlenkamp, Manager of the Mercer County Fair (Ohio), met each other when both were enrolled in the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management. They became fast friends and stay connected both in and out of “The Network” activities.

 

They swap ideas and believe they help each other to grow their respective fairs. Kurt and Cara are always quick to point out to anyone that will listen how much they have learned by being involved in the IAFE!

 

Now, we get to listen in as they talk to each other about IAFE activities, resources, and events!

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

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"I’ve very easily paid for the money our Fair spent getting me to the show with the information I brought home, and don’t think I’ll have any problem at all convincing them to send delegates in the future. It’s an amazing value – and being a bit of a cheapskate, that’s pretty important to me. Well worth the investment.”

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“The caliber of the workshops exceeded my expectations and I felt that even as a small fair, there was relevancy in all aspects. The trade show provided access to products that I had been thinking about but just had not taken the time to research, and the ability to talk with representatives from the various companies was a great break from ‘internet speak’.”

Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!
Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!

Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!

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Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!
Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!

Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!

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Fun at the 2019 Trade Show!
Fun at the 2019 Trade Show!

Fun at the 2019 Trade Show!

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Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!
Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!

Learning at the 2019 IAFE Convention!

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** Please note: photos used on the web site depict Conventions held before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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