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International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE) Convention & Trade Show

The IAFE Convention & Trade Show is the largest gathering of the fair industry anywhere in the world.  People from fairs of all sizes - small county fairs to the largest events in the world - come together to learn, to share ideas, network, and visit a trade show unlike any other.

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

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What to Expect at the 2021 IAFE Convention

Hosted by YPI Steering Committee

November 17

6pm CST

Register here: YPI Events


Volunteers Needed


Many opportunities are available every day and time.  This is a great way to meet other IAFE members.

Signing a Contract


Need help communicating the value of the IAFE Convention?

Kurt & Cara Talk About Encouraging Your Board to Participate in the IAFE Convention




The IAFE will continue to closely monitor all guidance provided by the CDC and local health authorities and follow their protocols for meetings.  All IAFE attendees will be asked to participate in and abide by all safety protocols implemented on-site for the event.  We reserve the right to modify the requirements based on the changing environment.  We will inform attendees of any such changes. 

11/3/2021 Update: According to the CDC and their Large Gathering guidance, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Currently, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center recommends that anyone entering the Convention Center wear a facial covering.


Over the past year, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center has earned its Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Accreditation.  

  • UV Lighting installed on escalators to continually sanitize handrails.

  • Increased frequency of front and back of house sanitation with an emphasis on high touch point areas.

  • Increased the number of hand sanitizing stations and sanitizing wipes.

  • Retrofitted facility with touchless entry doors, auto flush valves, door openers, light/power sensors

  • Increased fresh air exchange and airflow.

  • UV Light Robot used to disinfect areas.