Learn from top industry leaders at workshops designed to help you manage your fair!  

Learn - YOUR way!

Many learning formats -  mix and match or choose a style to learn ideas from your peer fairs to take back to your fair!

Legend Led - (Sponsored by ETix)

Discussions led by Legends in our Industry

Power Talks - (Sponsored by ETix)

Think TEDTalk-style presentations.  Short and to the point!

Tech Pavilion - (Sponsored by Saffire)

Bring your own device!  Technology-based sessions.

Campfire Sessions

Presentations by IAFE Contest Winners

Training Corral - (Sponsored by Bio S.I.)

Educational training sessions just for you!  

Top-Notch Speakers

Now is your chance to hear from some of the world-renowned motivational speakers.  Get inspiration!

Lunch & Learn

Those purchasing the 3-day lunch ticket will be able to participate in Lunch & Learn sessions on Monday and Tuesday in the Stars at Night Ballroom while Wednesday’s lunch will be served in the Trade Show.  A big thank you to Allied Specialty Insurance for sponsoring Monday’s lunch; Deggeller Attractions for sponsoring Tuesday’s lunch; and Powers Great American Midways for sponsoring our Wednesday lunch

Institute of Fair Management

Build upon your fair management skills and enhance your learning with the IAFE Institute of Fair Management!

Courses available at the 2018 Annual Convention include:

  • #104 Board Governance

Sunday, November 25 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.​

$125 on-site. Please note: seating is limited. On-site registration
may not be available.

What is the true job of a governing board? How can board and staff members effectively fulfill this job? This symposium focuses on the principles of effective group leadership that help boards define and focus on their work while empowering and energizing staff to get the work that’s been delegated done. The session presents an integrated model for systematic and comprehensive clarity of roles and accountabilities.

It addresses effective delegation, the role and responsibility of the board, board composition and structure, the conduct of board members (including conflict of interest), the relationship between the board and chief executive, recruiting and retaining board members, and the assessment/evaluation of the effectiveness of the board.​

  • #106 Information Technology - Keep Up with Today's Information Technology

Tuesday, November 27 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

This course reviews the many aspects of this broad subject: a recent update on the use of technology; how fair websites have developed and a general review of the basics of a good site; maintaining databases and utilizing e-newsletters; general information on social media (this is not a marketing course, though); and recent developments in online ticketing, as well as other software resources for fair management. In addition, the course will provide information on developing an IT infrastructure on your fairgrounds.

  • #129 Ag Programming – Education/Public - Agriculture Programming for Fairgoers

Sunday, November 25 - 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

This course will provide an overview of the role fairs play in
agriculture education, how to develop an agricultural education
program at your fair, how to incorporate STEM into that program,
and how to be innovative in educating your fairgoers about

  • #302 Facility Sales/ Marketing - How to Market Your Facilities - Introductory

Sunday, November 25 - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.​

​This course will help you understand how to apply basic marketing
concepts to the specific area of non-fair facility usage year-round.
Course material is applicable to all delegates whose fair operates
year-round facilities for rental to others.

  • #111 Consumer Protection Program  (CPP)

Thursday, November 29 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.​

Contamination from E. coli and other enteric pathogens continues to pose a tremendous risk to all fairs when fair guests interact with animals in livestock barns, petting zoos, birthing centers, etc. In this workshop, you’ll learn more about the pathogen, discover operational and management options any size fair can implement, and meet one-on-one with workshop facilitators to review programs you have in place at your facility. Each attendee will:

•Receive and take home a 3-ring binder which includes workshop information and includes templates for record keeping and signage.

•Participate in a sample exercise to identify contact zones and types of corrective actions to be deployed

•Learn about a variety of operation tactics to consider for corrective actions appropriate for their own particular situation

•Meet one-on-one with Dr. Stephen Neel or Joe Yedlik, CVFM to review the particulars of their site — what is currently being done to protect guests and what tactics to consider implementing

•Receive a certificate of completion

**Through November 2nd, registration for CPP is $150 for your fair’s first attendee and $135 (with binder) or $119 (no binder) for each additional attendee; after November 2nd on-site pricing is $175 for your fair’s first attendee and $160 (with binder) or $144 (no binder) for each additional attendee.

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